School Resource Officer program wins national award

Officers and coordinators of the Fargo Schools/Fargo Catholic Schools SRO program include, from left: (top) Rachel Jordan, Diane Jerdee, Tim Reopelle, and Dale Stoll; (middle) Chris Potter, Kim Claus, and Kevin Volrath; (bottom) Joel Vettel, Lowell Wolff, and Mike Clower. Not pictured: Officer Chad Moen.

We have learned some great news… that the District’s School Resource Officer program has received the 2011 Model Program Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).  This designation is awarded annually to a law enforcement agency for excellence while implementing or maintaining an SRO program.

Fargo’s program is a partnership between the District, Fargo Police Department, and the Fargo Catholic Schools Network. It began in the District in 2000 with two police officers.  Over its first decade, the collaborative program has grown in scope and size to create and preserve a safe learning environment for students in both school districts.

Today, the program includes seven police officers from the FPD’s Field Services Division, assigned as full-time SROs. Those officers have created and/or implemented numerous programs in our schools, including Know Your Body, Cass Clay Unified School Response, MyStuff, Text-A-Tip, Locker or Lose It, Blue Thunder SRO police car, and South High Bike Club, among others.  Officers annually put on 30 or more presentations for staff, parents and community members over the course of a year.

Recipients of the NASRO award are able to show proactive training, comprehensive policies, excellence in daily operation, and local community recognition of their program.  In learning of the District’s award,

Carl Ben Eielson SRO Rachel Jordan (who authored the District’s application), was told that NASRO had never seen such an excellent application for the annual honor.  (For the record, it was 40 pages and highlighted programs, individual officers, photographs, news clippings, and a Memorandum of Understanding between all agencies.)

The Fargo SROs will attend the national NASRO convention in June to accept the award, where their application will also be highlighted.

Congratulations to this “model” team of leaders in their field!

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