School Resource Officer Program
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) and Grants Pass School District (GPSD) maintain a partnership for a School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. The inter-agency cooperative effort places a speciality-trained SRO in the schools full-time during the school year. The program provides a safe and secure learning environment for students, educators, and parents in the school community.
The SRO Program has had tremendous benefits for both District 7 as well as the Police Department. Together, GPSD and GPDPS strive to build positive relationships that allow us to share critical information, prevent incidents, and deter criminal activity. SROs Stewart and Hoy strive to be positive role models for students.
SRO Jennings Stewart and SRO Justin Hoy both maintain a high profile at all District 7 schools.
SRO Stewart is responsible for all schools north of the river, while SRO Hoy is responsible for all schools south of the river. Their duties include but are not limited to:
- Counseling and mentoring,
- Enforcing the D7 Attendance Initiative,
- Ensuring compliance of state law and city ordinances,
- Offering instructional and teaching opportunities within the classrooms,
- Providing resources to staff, students, and parents.
SRO Jennings Stewart
SRO Justin Hoy
Student Public Safety Academy
At Grants Pass High School, the SROs facilitate a Student Public Safety Academy. The academy is taught as a semester-long class and provides students with a better understanding of all public safety aspects.
Juvenile Department Meetings
The School Resource Officer also attends and facilitates meetings with the Juvenile Justice Department to include District 7 administrators and staff and probation officers from the Juvenile/Adult Probation and Parole Departments. The goal of the meeting is to discuss issues involving juveniles and other community- and school-related matters.