The DPS Board of Education (BoE) approved a resolution in the summer of 2020 to end all SRO contracts with the Denver Police Department (DPD). Part of the reasoning for this decision is the belief that the close proximity of law enforcement to students on campuses directly contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline. Studies show that Black and Brown students arrested for minor school infractions are more likely to end up in the adult criminal system, entrenching the school-to-prison pipeline.
Our commitment to student safety has not changed. There is nothing more important than all of our students feeling safe, cared for, and protected in our schools. Our students need to trust the adults who are on our campuses with them. As we make this gradual transition, we will work closely with school leaders, staff, parents/families and students in the coming weeks to understand and prioritize their needs to ensure the safety of students, staff and communities.
Interactions with the Denver Police Department will continue past the SRO transition from DPS schools. We are committed to ensuring that our schools affected by this change will continue to receive a high-quality service with consistency in the responding police officers who are prepared to support students and schools.
Check back on this page for updates around how we are working to support students in schools that previously had SROs, and how we are re-envisioning safety in our school communities in line with this resolution.