In partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, and made possible by a grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the department assigns two full time officers as School Resource Officers (SROs). The officers are assigned to Lathrop and West Valley High Schools, where they provide educational programs, liaison between the school and the department, as well as student mentoring and assistance. The SRO also handles any reports of crime or public safety related matters that occur on their school’s campus, and in some cases, other schools in the community. Both SROs are trained in and provide curriculum on the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program to counter community gang issues among our youth.