School Resource Officer Program

 

School resource officers engage students

Duluth Public Schools contract with the Duluth Police Department to have a school resource officer at each of our high schools and middle schools. The school resource officers are commissioned Duluth police officers and are required to visit all of our school sites to build relationships with students and be available during emergency situations. Duluth Public Schools will review the impacts of the program on the district and students on a yearly basis. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Know Your Rights

 

WHEN INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT:

  • Remain calm. You may calmly ask if you are free to leave; if you are, then you may quietly and calmly walk away.
  • You have the right to remain silent. Tell the officer, “I am invoking my right to remain silent and do not consent to speaking with you.” If you are asked to write a statement or sign one, you can refuse by stating, “I do not want to make a statement,” or “I wish to remain silent.”
  • You may ask to speak to your parent or guardian by saying, “I would like to speak to my parent/guardian.” However, law enforcement can talk to you without a parent/guardian present, or before a parent/guardian has been made aware of an incident. You still have the right to remain silent.  You may tell the officers that you invoke your right to remain silent and not speak to them.
  • You have the right to ask for a lawyer and the right to remain silent.

YOU SHOULD NOT:

  • Argue, resist or flee.
  • Make or sign a statement that you are uncomfortable with, that is not correct, or that you don’t understand.                           
  • Resist or try to harm an officer.

IF YOU ARE SEARCHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT:

  • You do not have to consent to a *search. If you do not wish to consent to a search, politely tell the officer, “I do not consent to this search.”
  • Law enforcement may decide to continue the search if they have reasonable suspicion to conduct it, but by refusing consent, you protect your rights if you are arrested and charged with a crime.
  • Law enforcement may not search your phone without a warrant.

*A search is when an pffocer looks through your belongings to investigate a crime. Voluntarily giving an officer your belongings, including your phone, is considered consenting to a search.*

MEET THE OFFICERS

Officer Bill Stauber

Officer Bill Stauber

Contact Info: (218) 391-1956

Assigned to: Duluth East High School 

Years with DPD: 19 years

Years an SRO: 14 years

Why did you want to be an SRO: I became an SRO because I want to be a positive influence in the lives of young people. I have coached hockey for many years, starting with coaching squirts in my mid-20s when I wanted to give back to the sport that gave me so much. Since then, I have coached all four of my children in hockey, from mini mites through Bantams. Being an SRO, I am able to coach students daily. I help them process conflicts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills. There are many challenges and so much peer pressure today, I want them to truly understand that I’m here to help them make good decisions. 

What is your favorite part of working with students: My favorite part of working with students is building positive relationships with them. I often run into students after they graduate, and they remind me of what I did to help them out when they were in high school. That is really rewarding. Just this summer in Canal Park, my wife and I ran into two students who graduated two years ago from Duluth East. It was great catching up with them. They shared how much they appreciated me helping them out during times when they made a less-than-ideal decision and I helped them make it right. These students are both going into the trades and doing really well. Seeing students navigate the challenges of high school and successfully transition into adulthood is very rewarding. 

What's one thing you want students to know about you: I want students to know I am always willing to help them out. From helping them change a tire in the parking lot, to giving advice on how to deal with social media bullying, to correcting things after a bad decision, I want to help them grow. I want them to know that if I don’t have an answer to their question, I can guide them to someone who can help. I also want them to know I will always be honest and fair with them.

Officer Kelly Hanna

Officer Kelly Hanna

Contact Info: (218) 336-8940 ext. 4134

Assigned to: Ordean East Middle School

Years with DPD: 23 years

Years an SRO: 2 years

Why did you want to be an SRO: 

I really enjoy working with the youth in the community. While I was attending college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and working towards degrees in Criminology, Sociology, and Law Enforcement, I worked at the Woodland Hills Academy in Duluth as a Youth Treatment Specialist. I was able to build relationships with the youth and tried to be a positive role model in their lives and pass on life skills that I had learned growing up with them. I credit a big part to my parents for installing strong morals and values in me and the many coaches I had played sports for from youth all the way through college that I had learned life lessons from. After college, I was hired as a Police Officer and am currently in my 24th year of service. I worked in the Downtown and East Hillside neighborhoods as a Patrol Officer and during that time have built relationships with many families from the area throughout the years. While I was working the street, I would often stop in and hang out with the kids at the Neighborhood Youth Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs. I have been coaching youth sports in the area including Football, Baseball, and Hockey, and have a passion for using athletics as a platform to teach the kids life lessons that can be learned through sports. Becoming an SRO was only fitting for me to combine the experience I had from the Law Enforcement side, the coaching side, and the youth treatment specialist side, and try to bring all of them within the school setting to build relationships with the kids and help provide an educational aspect and safe learning environment to all the students in the community.

What is your favorite part of working with students: My favorite part about working with the students is the students themselves. We really have had a great group of kids at Ordean East Middle School as well as the other Schools in the District that I have helped with. I have really enjoyed trying to get to know as many of them as I can. It has been a lot of fun playing with the kids on the football field during lunch break, playing with them during Gym class, helping them cook in FACS class, and helping them with their homework while in the Student Support Center.

What's one thing you want students to know about you: I would like all the students to know that I care about all of them very much and that if they ever have any concerns, questions, or need help with anything I am a resource they can use and I will try to do whatever I can to help them..

Officer Joel Hopps

Officer Joel Hopps

Contact Info: (218) 730-5544

Assigned to: Lincoln Park Middle School

Years with DPD: 11 years

Years an SRO: 2.5 years

Why did you want to be an SRO: I have enjoyed the opportunity to be a role model and have a positive impact on students. Being an SRO has also allowed me to be more available to work with the community working with the youth centers and allowing me time to work with the Department’s ‘Get Hooked on Fishing Program’. This program gives the opportunity for kids in the community to share an experience with an officer in a positive environment that the kid will remember for the rest of his or her life.

What is your favorite part of working with students: My favorite part of working with students is interacting with the students and watching them grow into young adults. It is very rewarding to me to see a student work through a problem and later succeed, learning life lessons that will help them later on in life.

What's one thing you want students to know about you: My office door is always open, and I am more than willing to help anyone and always listen while doing everything I can to keep everyone safe.

Officer Ed Franckowiak

Officer Ed Franckowiak

Contact Info: (218) 336-1929 or (218) 391-0934

Assigned to: Denfeld High School

Years with DPD: 3 years

Years an SRO: First Year 2022-23 

Why did you want to be an SRO: The energy, experiences, and individual approach that students bring to the environment they are in is captivating. Being an SRO is an opportunity to learn from students and to role model them at the same time was something that could not be passed on.  

What is your favorite part of working with students: Having the opportunity to interact with youth, enjoy their humor, and help them to have safe and positive days at school is what it is all about. That is the best part of the work that I do here.  

What's one thing you want students to know about you: My door is always open and I will make time to listen. I will do all that I can to keep everyone safe.

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