School Resource Officers

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The safety of children at school is an important national issue. According to the Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2000 published by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, students ages 12 through 18 were victims of more than 2.7 million crimes committed at schools in 1998. Although research continues to show that schools are relatively safe places for children, the subject of school safety continues to concern families, school administrators, and communities. The perception of imminent danger in the school environment has become commonplace in many communities, leaving parents, students, and school personnel with, at best a tenuous sense of security. The School Resource Officer (SRO) concept offers an approach to improve school security and alleviate community fears.

The Police Department has 3 School Resource Officers (SRO's). Officer Brian Dahl is assigned to the Moorhead Elementary schools, Officer Kim Bloch is assigned to the Moorhead High School, and Officer Val Kellen is assigned to Horizon Middle School.

The SRO assignment is unique as the officer works as a liaison between the  department and the school district. This assignment requires the officer to be able to work with students of all ages, preschool to senior high, along with parents, teachers, school administrators, police officers and the community. SRO's have to be able to advise the school in police matters and advise the  department in school matters. All three SRO's want to provide the community with safe and friendly schools where students can come to learn and grow as future leaders of our community.

Moorhead Senior High School
Call Officer Bloch at 218.790.4060 or through the Police Department 218.299.5120

Horizon Middle School
Call Officer Kellen at 218.790.4232 or through the Police Department 218.299.5120

Elementary Schools
Call Officer Dahl at 218.790.4259 or through the Police Department 218.299.5120