These officers have a wide variety of responsibilities while on campus: teaching Law Related Education (L.R.E.) courses, in conjunction with the school's teachers, safety, police careers, and criminal law. The officers are also responsible for establishing a positive police presence on campus and in the areas near each school. This police presence deters the number of trespassers or non-students from coming to the school, thus reducing potential problems. In addition to the day-to-day interaction with students, the School Resource Officer also gains visibility to students with personal conferences, extra curricular events and school activities.
Most importantly, it gives each student, teacher and staff member access to a Police Officer they can feel comfortable talking with. The program bridges the gap between police officer and youth, increasing positive attitudes toward law enforcement and providing them a positive role model. Helping students become aware of rules, authority and the justice system can also reduce juvenile crime.
For more information contact the School Resource Officer:
Fridley High School Resource Officer: John Kotchen: (763) 502-5772
Fridley Middle School Resource Officer: Mark Mickelson: (763) 502-1933
Northeast Metro 916 School Resource Officer: Robert Stevens: (763) 572-3629