School Resource Officers (SROs)
School Resource Officer Program
The Bismarck Police Department’s School Resource Officer (SRO) Program started in 2001 with two officers. There are currently four SROs, with an additional two SROs that will be assigned to schools. Within the next year there will be six officers assigned as full time SRO’s in community schools.
SRO’s are assigned to a specific school with two rotational positions and four permanent positions. SRO’s provide a wide variety of non-traditional police services to community youth, educators, and parents. School Resource Officers build positive rapport among students by being visible and accessible to student bodies, initiating interactions, and serving as strong role models. The position requires flexibility, time management, multi-tasking skills and well developed interpersonal and de-escalation skills.
School Resource Officers
SRO Brett Anderson 701-355-1896
SRO Josh Brown 701-355-1995
SRO Preston McKay 701-355-1896
SRO Karin McNamee 701-355-1896
SRO Scarlett Vetter 701-355-1929
SRO Trevor Schmidt 701-355-1996
The goals of the School Resource Officer Program are:
• To promote public safety and respect for people and property
• Increase positive attitudes towards law enforcement
• Teach students about crime prevention and avoiding victimization
• Reduce crime by helping students formulate an awareness of rules, authority, and justice
The duties of the School Resource Officers are:
• Provide educational presentations to school staff, students, and parents
• Conduct prevention/deterrence activities in school buildings, school parking lots, extra-curricular activities, and neighborhoods immediately surrounding schools
• Assist school administrators to investigate non-law enforcement incidents that may result in disciplinary actions or proceedings
• Coordinate K-9 searches
• Enforce local, state, and federal laws to provide students, staff, and residents with safe learning and living environments.
Examples of laws enforced are:
o Disorderly Conduct
o Alcohol and Tobacco Violations
o Possession of Controlled Substances
o Traffic Violations
o Gang Issues
Officer Brett Anderson has 18 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed with the Bismarck Police Department since June of 1999. Brett has been a School Resource Officer with the Police Youth Bureau since July of 2007. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Officer Josh Brown has been employed with the Bismarck Police Department for six years. He has an Associate’s degree. He became a School Resource Officer in the fall of 2014.
Karin McNamee has 14 years of law enforcement experience and has been a School Resource Officer for four years. She has a Bachelor’s degree from UND and a Master’s degree from Minot State.
Officer Preston McKay has 14 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed with the Bismarck Police Department since June of 2003. He has been a School Resource Officer with the Police Youth Bureau since October of 2010. He has an Associate Degree with an emphasis in criminal justice. Preston instructs LOCKUP Arrest and Control, LOCKUP Ground Fighting, Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT), Spontaneous Knife Defense, Taser, and is a Simulation Instructor.