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The School Resource Officer Zone

Phoenix Police Patch

Safety Statement

Safety is of the utmost importance and key on Shadow Mountain High School’s campus. There are many procedures and practices in place to ensure the well-being of students and staff while on campus.

About Officer Lance Fadeley

Officer Lance Fadeley serves as a police officer with the City of Phoenix. Prior to joining the Phoenix Police Department he was in the United States Army. He has been assigned as a school resource officer (SRO) for the past several years on middle and high campuses. Prior to becoming an SRO, Officer Fadeley spent 10 years as a patrol officer. 

Officer Fadeley's primary role on campus is to build relationships. He seeks out every opportunity to build relationships with students, staff and parents. You will find him at most school events both on and off duty. Relationships are the foundation to his role as a SRO.

Officer Fadeley has been an immense asset to Shadow with his Law Related Education classes. His classes are informative, engaging and fun. In addition to his teaching, he assists with the prevention of behavioral issues. Overall, Officer Fadeley provides the necessary law enforcement and security assistance for all students and staff.

Resource Officer Frequently Asked Questions

What is a school resource officer (SRO)?

A law enforcement officer employed by a police department or agency that works in a policing assignment with one or more schools.

What are appropriate roles of school resource officers?

The roles of the resource office are to promote a safe learning environment, fostering positive relationships with students, while providing resources to school faculty and working with schools to resolve issues affecting students.

What evidence exists that school resource officers are valuable?

A  two-year study by Canada's Carleton University found that the funds invested in an SRO program created positive social and economic value within schools in the following ways (source: National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) website):

  • Prevention or minimization of school property damage, as well damage in the surrounding areas.
  • Prevention of student injuries and death involving drug overdoses, violence, etc.
  • Reduction in schools needing to contact 911.
  • Reduction in the likelihood of students creating a criminal record.
  • Increased likelihood that students will receive needed assistance from the health care and social service systems.
  • An increase in the feeling of safety among students and staff.