The Mammoth Lakes Police Department believes in a strong connection with our schools and community. The Department keeps one SRO in the Mammoth Schools to instruct DARE, serve as a counselor / youth advisor, a mentor and to be a timely first responder in the event of a critical incident. The Mammoth Lakes Police Department’s SRO program has enabled the department to have a strong partnership with our schools in Mammoth Lakes. The Mammoth Lakes Police Department’s SRO program reflects our community's desire to ensure that its schools are safe, secure, and orderly. SROs represent a proactive strategy designed to bring prevention and intervention into the schools When an SRO is assigned to the schools as their permanent beat, they become part of the school community and quite logically can be used in any safe school planning that takes place. The mere assignment of an SRO to a school represents an attempt to improve the school, and including the SRO in a school's improvement actions makes sense. The SRO, because of his/her law enforcement training and experience, has expertise that can be used specifically when considering improvements to the safety and security of the school. The special training an SRO undergoes further enhances his/her ability to contribute to such improvement.