SRO Program Overview

  • In a partnership with the Fargo Police Department (FPD), Fargo Public Schools (FPS) has seven School Resource Officers (SROs) assigned to each of our middle and high schools for the 2016-17 school year, along with a Cultural Liaison Officer housed at Agassiz. Students regard them as a regular part of their school environment.  SROs attend school activities, mingle with students in the hallways, and conduct classroom presentations. Most importantly, they form relationships with their students.

    The FPS SRO program began in February 2000 with two police officers, and has since become one of the leading school-based policing programs in the country, even earning the "Model Program of the Year Award" for 2011 from the National Association of School Resource Officers.

    The SRO program serves two primary functions: preserving school safety and building rapport between police officers and youth. Police officers from the FPD’s Field Services Division are assigned as full-time SROs.

    As a non-traditional police assignment, there is no “typical day” for an SRO. The position requires flexibility, time management and multi-tasking skills, and well-developed interpersonal skills.

    SRO duties may include:

    • Enforcing criminal and traffic laws at school campuses and neighborhoods
    • Conducting classroom and community presentations on a variety of police subjects
    • Building police-to-student rapport through informal, non-enforcement contacts and activities
    • Acting as an informal youth counselor for many problems students encounter
    • Using police experience and training to improve school safety and security
    • Attending after-school events and activities, such as dances and sporting events
    • Serving as a school liaison for residents in campus neighborhoods, addressing safety and crime concerns
    • Acting as a law enforcement liaison with the schools, assisting with communication, crime prevention and criminal investigations on issues that may happen outside normal school hours

    The School Resource Officer program is one way Fargo Public Schools is working to proactively create a safe and successful learning environment for all students.

2018-19 School Resource Officers

  • photo portrait of Officer Dane Hjelden  Ben Franklin
     Officer Dane Hjelden

     Phone: 701-446-3619
     Text-A-Tip: 701-730-8885
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  • photo portrait of Officer Jason Abel North High School
     Officer Jason Abel

     Phone: 701-446-2631
     Text-A-Tip: 701-630-1717
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  • photo portrait of Officer Kyle Ness  Woodrow Wilson
     Officer Kyle Ness

     Phone: 701-446-3213
     Text-A-Tip: 701-540-8259
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  • photo portrait of Officer Ryan Dietrich  Carl Ben Eielson
     Officer Ryan Dietrich

     Phone: 701-446-1709
     Text-A-Tip: 701-526-8426
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  • photo portrait of Officer Cristie Jacobsen  South High School
     Officer Cristie Jacobsen

     Phone: 701-446-2025
     Text-A-Tip: 701-730-8859
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  • photo portrait of Officer Vincent Kempf  Cultural Liaison - Agassiz
     Officer Vincent Kempf

     Phone: 701-936-4462
     Text-A-Tip: 701-730-8888
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  • photo portrait of Officer Amy Kingzett  Discovery
     Officer Amy Kingzett

     Phone: 701-446-3315
     Text-A-Tip: 701-730-8882
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  • photo portrait of Officer Derek Johnson  Davies High School
     Officer Derek Johnson

     Phone: 701-446-5624
     Text-A-Tip: 701-936-4980
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  • photo portrait for Sargeant Kevin Pallas  SRO Coordinator
     Sergeant Kevin Pallas

     Phone: 701-476-6696
     Text-A-Tip: 701-412-7795
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