Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Model MOU for School Resource Officer Programs

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Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-10-128(c)
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; General Business Managers

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Safe Schools Committee and the Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS) have developed a model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in accordance with Ark.Code Ann. § 6-10-128(c). This model MOU addresses the required components of an effective School Resource Officer (SRO) Program and should be used by any district that has an SRO as a basis for an MOU with the local law enforcement agency, or in the creation of policies and procedures if the school district has an institutional law enforcement officer program.


Topics covered in the MOU include:

  • financial responsibilities of each party;
  • chain of command;
  • selection of school resource officers;
  • evaluation of school resource officers;
  • training requirements for school resource officers; and
  • roles and responsibilities of school resource officers,

The model MOU, along with supporting information, can be found on the ACSS website or through the DESE School Safety webpage


For information or assistance with the model MOU please contact ACSS through Vicki French at 501-570-8098 or Michael Jenkins at 501-570-8072 or DESE through Suzanne Jones at 501-683-5266.


Additional information regarding school safety is available on the DESE School Safety webpage




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