Meet Our School Resource Officers

  • In 2005, the West Fargo Police Department and West Fargo Public Schools implemented their School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  This program introduces a law enforcement officer into the educational environment of schools.  Currently there are eight SROs in the district - one officer serves all K-5 schools on the north side of the district, one officer for all south side K-5 schools, and one officer at each of our three middle schools and three comprehensive high schools. 

    Officers are trained by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and taught the “triad” concept.  The triad concept divides the responsibilities of a SRO into three main areas: educator, informal counselor and law enforcement officer.  SROs provide law-related education to students, parents and staff by serving as guest speakers/teachers at various school events.  They work within the context of their knowledge, training and experiences as a law enforcement officer when asked to provide informal counseling.  Their work on school safety and law enforcement activities balances out this triad.   

    Goals of the SRO program are to provide safe learning environments in our district’s schools, provide valuable resources to school staff, foster positive relationships with youth, and develop strategies to resolve problems affecting youth with the objective of protecting every child so they can reach their fullest potential.

     

Our SROs Make a Difference!

Elementary Schools (North Side)

Phone: Westside: 701-499-1322 / Text-A-Tip: 701-541-7824

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

UND-Lake Region Peace Officer Program, member of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), Alive @ 25 Defensive Driving Curriculum Instructor, Field Training Officer for the West Fargo Police Department

Officer Todd Pearson

Locations
North Side Elementary Schools

Why I Enjoy Being a SRO
Students are faced with a lot of challenges throughout their school careers; I enjoy being a resource that students (as well as parents and staff) can count on when everything and everyone seems to be working against them. I enjoy working with school administration to create the safest learning environment possible for the students and staff of West Fargo Public Schools.

My Off-Duty Interests
I enjoy being outside…surrounded by friends and family. During the summer, I spend my time at the lake cabin fishing, swimming and relaxing. I pheasant hunt in the fall with my son and family dog. I follow football at all levels (I particularly enjoy the Bison and the Vikings). During the winter, I won't pass up a fun and friendly game of hockey.

 

Cheney Middle School

Phone: CMS Phone: 701-499-1610 / Text-a-Tip: 701-541-7815

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Officer Tyler Crouse

LOCATION
Cheney Middle School

Biography
I grew up in West Fargo, and I am a West Fargo High School graduate, class of 2013. During high school, I was part of the West Fargo Police Cadets and completed the program my junior year. Shortly after graduating, I attended Alexandria Community and Technical College where I earned a degree in Law Enforcement and completed the skills portion for becoming a Police Officer. I started with the West Fargo Police Department in 2022. I have worked as a patrol officer since being hired by the department.

Why I enjoy being an SRO
I chose to become an SRO because of the positive relationships I built with my SROs growing up as a kid. I always wanted to follow in their footsteps and become a role model for the youth in our community. I enjoy building positive relationships with students/staff and being a role model for students. I enjoy working with the administration building a safe place for students and staff to learn. I believe being an SRO is a very rewarding position and allows me to make a positive impact on youth in our community.

My Off-Duty Interests
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being at the lake. I enjoy playing hockey, golf, and being outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing, no matter the time of year. I enjoy watching football and hockey on the weekends.

Liberty Middle School

Phone: LMS Phone: 701-499-9014 / Text-a-Tip: 701-541-7823

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Officer Charles Swiggum

LOCATION
Liberty Middle School

BIOGRAPHY
I attended Rochester Community College, where I earned an associate degree in criminal justice. I got hired by the Todd County Sheriffs Office where I served as a Correctional Officer, Deputy Sheriff, and Court Officer. I also worked as a Police Officer for the City of Osakis and Prairie. After three years at the Police Departments and Sheriffs Office, I accepted a job with the City of Sauk Rapids, where I became a Field Training Officer and Firearms instructor. I worked there for 7 years before wanting to move home to be closer to my family. I was then offered a job with the West Fargo Police Department. The 2022-23 school year is my first as a School Resource Officer.

WHY I ENJOY BEING AN SRO
I really enjoy being an SRO, especially in middle school. I feel like this time is the biggest stepping stone to becoming who you are as an individual. I feel that this is the point where I can make the biggest positive impact on the students and build a strong relationship with the youth in our community.

MY OFF-DUTY INTERESTS
In my free time, I like to spend time with my kid, fishing, hunting, and four wheeling. I love sports and am a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Minnesota Vikings.

Sheyenne High School

Phone: SHS Phone: 701-499-3208 / Text-A-Tip: 701-219-4722

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Officer Aaron Ostlund

LOCATION
Sheyenne High School

BIOGRAPHY
I attended Bemidji State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. I attended Alexandria Technical and Community College, earning a Law Enforcement Skills Certificate. In 2014, I was hired as a Correctional Officer at the Clay County Jail. In 2015, I was hired as a West Fargo Police Officer. In 2019, I became a Field Training Officer. In 2020, I became a member of the Red River Valley SWAT team serving as a Negotiator. In October 2021, I was hired as the School Resource Officer for Sheyenne High School.

WHY I ENJOY BEING A SRO
I enjoy working as an SRO, especially at the high school level. Building positive relationships with students is the most rewarding part of being an SRO. I enjoy working with administration to build a safe learning environment for the students and staff. Overall, I enjoy getting to know students and helping them make good choices in all aspects of life.

MY OFF-DUTY INTERESTS
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. I love sports and am a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. I also enjoy spending time outdoors as I love to hunt and fish.

Elementary Schools (South Side)

Phone: Text-A-Tip: 701-541-7812

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Officer Dora Roll

LOCATION
South Side Elementary Schools

BIOGRAPHY
Officer Roll was born and raised in Alaska. She worked for over six years as a public safety dispatcher and volunteered for five years as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter. She then moved to North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She attended Lake Region State College in Fargo, earning her certificate for the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards. She was then hired by the West Fargo Police Department as a clerk, became a patrol officer in 2013, and moved into the School Resource Officer position in 2019.

WHY I ENJOY BEING A SRO
I have been interested in developing positive relationships with people in the community, particularly kids, throughout my law enforcement career. I feel like working at the elementary level is a great age group to start developing that positive perception of law enforcement and building trust. I think being an SRO will be a great way to show staff, parents, and students that we are there with the best interest of the student, parents, and staff in mind.

 

Heritage Middle School

Phone: Text-A-Tip: 701-850-7225

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Officer Sylvie Schweyen

LOCATION
Heritage Middle School

BIOGRAPHY

While Officer Schweyen grew up in Fargo, she is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She graduated from Fargo North High School in 2004. She received her Associates Degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, completed Alexandria Technical College’s 10-week Law Enforcement Skills program in the summer of 2007, and the Lake Region State College Police Academy in Fargo during the summer of 2016.

She started with the West Fargo Police Department as a Police Clerk in 2010. As a Police Clerk, Schweyen was a Notary, Car Seat Technician, and in charge of the department's social media. She was sworn in as a Police Officer on January 3, 2017. In May 2020, she was selected as the first SRO to serve Heritage Middle School and Horace High School. In addition to her SRO duties, she is on the CART team, the Peer Support team, Operation Life Saver, and is a defensive tactics instructor. 

She was awarded the Commendable Service Award in 2016 and the Salute to Law Enforcement Award from Luther Family Ford and The Flag in 2018. 

In her free time, Schweyen enjoys spending time outside (but NOT in the winter) with her husband and three kids, and listening to audio books. Officer Schweyen is excited to experience this SRO journey with you! 

Horace High School

Phone: Text-A-Tip: 701-429-1290

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Officer Ryan Feltman

LOCATION
Horace High School

BIOGRAPHY
Shortly after graduating from high school in Grafton, North Dakota, I enlisted in the United States Navy where I served for four years.  After the Navy, I attended Minnesota State Community & Technical College, graduating with an associate of arts and science degree with an emphasis in criminal justice.  I then pursued my law enforcement career by attending Lake Region State College for the North Dakota Peace Officer Academy. 

I started my law enforcement career in 2012 in my hometown of Grafton.  I left Grafton to come back to the Fargo-Moorhead area to take a job with the Fargo Police Department before finally accepting a position with the West Fargo Police Department in 2014.  I’m a member of our peer assistance crisis team (PACT), conduct alcohol compliance checks and provide server training for the City of West Fargo, serve on our bike patrol, and am a Board Trustee for the Red River Valley Fraternal Order of Police Local Lodge One.  I’m also a member of the National Association of School Resource Officers.  I have attended countless trainings over my ten-plus years in law enforcement.  

WHY I ENJOY BEING AN SRO
I strive to be a great SRO by building relationships through listening and communication with our students and staff.  It is of the utmost importance to me to provide an overall safe environment at our school for all students and staff.   

MY OFF-DUTY INTERESTS
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, family, and friends. I also enjoy the outdoors and am a huge Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan.  

West Fargo High School/Community High School

Phone: WFHS Phone: 701-499-1988 / CHS Phone: 701-356-2008 / Text-A-Tip: 701-541-2072

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

UND-Lake Region Peace Officer Training Program, certified instructor for Methods of Instruction through the North Dakota Peace Officer Standard and Training Board, certified instructor for Alive @ 25, member of the National Association of School Resource Officers, completed the NASRO SRO Basic and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) program, completed over 1,000 hours of training in law enforcement subjects.

Officer Jason Balvik

LOCATIONS
West Fargo High School
Community High School

WHY I ENJOY BEING A SRO
Since I started in law enforcement, I have enjoyed working with youth. Even while working on patrol, I took every opportunity to help the youth consider all their options and make good choices. To this day, I remember when Officer Jon came to my elementary school, he had such a positive impact on all of us. I also remember the great relationship I had with my high school principal, another great influence on my life. When the opportunity came to work with educators and youth, I knew it would be a perfect fit for me.

MY OFF-DUTY INTERESTS
I love spending time with my kids and wife. During the fall, I enjoy hunting and four wheeling. During the winter, I enjoy ice fishing, spear fishing, and snowmobiling. In the spring, I enjoy coaching girls' fastpitch softball at the high school level. In the summer, I enjoy spending time at the lake. We try to spend as much time as possible in and on the water, whether it’s fishing, wakeboarding, surfing, or swimming. All of these are the best when family and friends are with.