The El Paso Police Department's School Resource Program was implemented in 1977 through 1981; it was modeled after an SRO Program in Tucson, Arizona. The old SO program is now called the School-Based Law Enforcement Program/SBLE program. In 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding between the El Paso Police Department and the Ysleta Independent School District was implemented, in which Off-duty EPPD Officers could work on a voluntary basis at YISD high school campuses as SRO/SBLE Officers. The SBLE Officers also respond to calls for service at the middle, elementary, and pre-k schools. SBLE officers cover 55 schools throughout the Ysleta Independent School District. These officers work an 8-hour shift. The School-Based Law Enforcement Program is an important and effective program in keeping our children and community safe. SBLE Officers are a contributing factor in the reduction of school crime, such as assaults, thefts, and vandalism. The primary function of the SBLE officer is to ensure the safety of the students, teachers, and school administrators and to enforce the law. SBLE officers are required to generate police reports, make lawful arrests, and issue citations when necessary or required. SBLE officers are also tasked with mentoring students, and meeting with parents, teachers, and school administrators. SBLE Officers also do presentations on bullying, anti-drug use, hazing, and anti-gang violence. These presentations are conducted at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. SBLE officers work in partnership with YISD School Security. SBLE Officers are also there to provide law enforcement information and guidance to students, parents, and school administrators when needed.

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