How long have you been a police officer?
I have been a police officer for 15 years. I worked in West Fargo for 4 years and have been working for the Fargo Police Department for 11 years.
Why did you become an SRO?
I became an SRO for many reasons. Many of the officers I have known have said the position is challenging but very rewarding. The position of SRO was an area I had not worked in law enforcement and I wanted to give it a try. I like the idea of having a chance to get to know the students, staff and family members, and being in a position that focuses on a proactive approach rather than a reactive one.
Your training and education:
I attended NDSU for 4 years, and at the last minute transferred to MSU, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I completed the Alexandria Technical College Police Skills summer program prior to getting a job in law enforcement. I have over a thousand hours of continuous training and am a certified firearms instructor, active shooter instructor, and instructor of general police subjects. I have completed several courses from the Drug Enforcement Administration to include the DEA two-week narcotics class. In the summer of 2013 I will be attending the National Association of School Resource Officers two-week course.
What are your off-duty interests?
Outside interests include spending time with my two kids and enjoying coaching and watching them in their activities, motorcycle riding, bow hunting, running and working out, NDSU football, traveling, any time I can spend at the lakes in the water, and pretty much any professional sporting activity I can find the time and tickets to attend.
(School Resource Officer Wes Libner can be reached at South High School at 446-2025, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.)