How to become a school liaison officer

Updated March 23, 2017

A school liaison officer is a police officer that is assigned to a specific school or school district. The job of a liaison officer can vary greatly from district to district. Generally, liaison officers help schools enforce both the law and school's rules. They may also assist in crime prevention and education programs on campus and may intervene in the case of school violence. To become a school liaison officer, you will need to meet the criteria of the police department and school district in which you hope to work.

Become a police officer in the county in which you want to work. If you are not already an officer, you will need to contact the police force to find out about their hiring requirements. Though the specific requirements vary, expect to meet academic and physical requirements and pass a background check. Most police forces also require you to be 18 years old before you can apply. Contact the police force you hope to work for to get their specific academic and physical fitness requirements.

Ask for information about liaison officer assignments. In some cases, the police department for which you work may be responsible for vetting aspiring liaison officers. In other cases, your department may refer you to the school district to learn about their liaison officer requirements. You may be asked to go through more extensive background checks or to attend special training classes for working with children before you are eligible to be a school liaison officer. The details of what additional training and/or background checks you need are determined on the district level, so contact the school district in which you need to work for information about what rules they have in place. Your police department may also be able to give you this information.

Request assignment to a school. After meeting the basic requirements of your police department and/or the school district, you can request an officer liaison post. Again, these assignments may be handled within your department, or you may be asked to apply for a liaison job via the school district. The ease with which you receive your assignment depends on the demand your area.

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Lily Welsh is a freelance writer from North Carolina, though she has spent much of her adult life living abroad. She is the Guide to Music Careers, and her work appears frequently in other Web-based and print publications. Welsh has worked in the music industry for 15 years and counting and holds B.A.s in international studies and economics.