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 2 School Resource Officers (SRO's). Officer Brian Dahl is assigned to the High School and Officer Jeff Nelson is assigned to Horizon Middle School. Officers Dahl and Nelson have both been with the department since 1994 and have both been assigned as SRO's since 2003.
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. Both Officer Dahl and Officer Nelson 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
Email Brian Dahl
Call 218.284.2369 or through the Police Department 218.299.5120
Horizon Middle School
Email Jeff Nelson
Call 218.284.7317 or through the Police Department 218.299.5120