School Resource Officer

  • The role of a School Resource Officer

    A School Resource Officer (SRO) plays a crucial role within a school district, serving as a liaison between law enforcement and the educational community. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and school property. SROs collaborate with school administrators to develop and implement safety plans, emergency response protocols, and preventive measures. They often engage in proactive initiatives to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and students, aiming to create a safe and supportive learning environment. In addition to responding to potential threats or incidents, SROs may also provide educational programs on topics such as drug prevention, bullying awareness, and overall safety. While maintaining a visible presence to deter misconduct, SROs work to build trust and rapport with students, contributing to a holistic approach to school safety and community well-being.

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Corporal Ballow

Corporal Ballow joined the OPD in 2008 and is now in his 16th year with the department. After graduating from Rio Mesa, he joined the Army and served tours with the 2 nd  Ranger Battalion, 75 th  Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, WA. Since becoming an Oxnard police officer, Ballow has served as a field training officer, a Federal Safe Streets Task Force member, and most recently, a detective in the Violent Crime Unit. In his free time, Ballow enjoys traveling, golfing, wake surfing, snowboarding and playing chess.

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Officer Ramirez

Officer Ramirez has been with the OPD for five years. As a native of Oxnard, he attended McKinna and Lopez, OHS and Oxnard College. When not working, Ramirez enjoys spending time with his energetic 5-year old son, JJ, and coaching his soccer team in the Oxnard Shields Program. His goals as the new SRO are to: provide and maintain a safe environment for children to learn and grow; and foster trust with parents -- reinforcing that the safety of their children is our district’s number one priority.