School Resource Officers:
This program started in the late 1990's with an officer assigned to each high school. Our program now consists of 5 officers. One in each high school, one covering all three middle schools, and two elementary school liaison officers.
SRO’s are instrumental in developing and implementing school safety and lockdown procedures. We work side by side with Grand Forks Public Schools to enhance the safety and security of our students. All of these activities are guided by the triad concept of school policing – Law Enforcement Officer, Informal Counselor and Instructor.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school resource officer using the contact information listed below.
Central High School
Cpl. Patrick Torok 701-740-7853
Red River High School
Cpl. Beth Skari 701-740-6759
*Response to Community High School is managed by both Cpl. Torok and Cpl.Skari
Valley/Schroeder/South Middle School
Cpl. Kris Brown 701-787-8084,
cell # 701-740-6731 email@example.com
Lake Agassiz/West/Winship/Wilder/Century/St. Michaels Elementary School
Cpl. Jessica Thorlacius 701-787-8066
Ben Franklin/Discovery/Phoenix/Lewis & Clark/Holy Family/Viking/Kelly Elementary School
Cpl. Jon Lampi 701-787-8082
Supervisor for all SROs
Sgt. Doug Wright 701-787-8085
School District Contact about SRO’s
Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson
Listed below are a number of duties an SRO will encounter on a regular basis:
Enforce criminal and traffic laws at school campuses
Conduct classroom and community presentations on a variety of police subjects
Build police-student rapport through informal, non-enforcement contacts and activities
Use police experience and training to improve school safety and security, in close cooperation with school administrators and faculty
Attend after-school events and activities, like dances and sporting events
Act as a school building liaison for residents in campus neighborhoods, addressing safety, traffic and crime concerns
Teach 5 th grade healthy relationships, consequences and chemical abuse prevention program component (Winning Decisions)
Teach 7 th grade Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. Act 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.
Grand Forks Public Schools
i-Safe Inc- Internet Safety Education
Netsmartz- Internet Safety Education
G.R.E.A.T. – Gang Resistance Education and Training
** UPDATE **
Shanna and her daughter have been located and are safe. Thank you for the assistance.
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The Grand Forks Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Shanna Werner and her 1 year old daughter. They have not been heard from since October 15th. If you know the whereabouts of Shanna and her daughter please contact Sgt.Jacobson at the Grand Forks Police Department.
Oct 18 Oct 13
Clifford joined Cpl. Lampi and Cpl. Thorlacius at Viking Elementary School this morning. Viking was holding their Walk to Win celebration.
As part of this celebration Officer's were able to read to the kindergarten classes and discuss pedestrian safety. We would like to thank Safe Kids and Viking Elementary for including us in their event.
It only takes ONE PUNCH to ruin 2 lives. The message of this campaign has struck home to far too many people in the Red River Valley area. What someone thinks is a simple punch could end up severely harming another up to and including death. Each year in Grand Forks we have approximately 90 aggravated assaults.
The Grand Forks Police Department, in conjunction with Altru Health Systems, is placing these posters around town to help reduce the number of aggravated assaults that happen in Grand Forks. We want people to think about their actions before they react. Please do your part to help make Grand Forks a safe and enjoyable experience.
The Grand Forks Police Department, in accordance with North Dakota State Law, is notifying the City of Grand Forks and the surrounding area of the presence of a Level III (High Risk) Sex Offender living in Grand Forks.
Michael McGee was recently released from the ND State Pen and is residing at 18 N. Washington St (main floor apartment). McGee has a conviction for Aggravated Sexual Assault in 2003. The North Dakota Sex Offender Risk Assessment Committee assigned McGee a risk level of HIGH and as a result has a LIFETIME registration requirement in North Dakota.
The Grand Forks Police Department provides for the tracking and verification of those individuals that have been convicted of sex offenses, offenses against children and those that have been adjudicated as sexually dangerous individuals. This is accomplished through the Offender Tracking and Verification Program (OTVP). There are 114 such offenders registered with the Grand Forks Police Department that either live, work or attend school within the City of Grand Forks. Of these 114, there are 11 currently assigned a risk level of HIGH. The rest are classified as MODERATE or LOW risk, or have not been assigned a risk level.
Level III (High Risk) offenders are contacted at least every 30 days to verify their status and, upon initial registration or the assignment of a risk level, a public notification is held as appropriate. Information about these and other registered offenders is available through specific request to the Grand Forks Police Department, although certain information regarding juvenile offenders is subject to restriction.
Conviction information about Level III offenders may be found at the North Dakota Attorney General’s website:
www.sexoffender.nd.gov which contains lists of all registered offenders in North Dakota.
If members of the public have questions regarding this program, or have information pertaining to any unregistered offenders, they are encouraged to contact Corporal Brian Robbins at the Grand Forks Police Department Specialized Resource Bureau at 701-787-8083, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officers responded to 3,852 Calls for Service! This is about 400 calls fewer than the previous months, hopefully a sign of the future!