A major element in the Department’s Community Oriented Policing philosophy, School Resource Officers (SRO) are sworn police officers that act as the liaison between the police, school staff, and student body. A separate officer is dedicated to each of Crystal Lake’s three high schools.
The role of the SRO is to build relationships with staff, students and parents. School Resource Officers actively watch for the early warning signs of school violence and take part in the conflict resolution process. SROs function as part of crisis intervention and response teams. They take incident reports and investigate criminal incidents that occur on school property. The SROs also participate in the Operation Click program, a safe driving program that encourages safety belt use and safe driving habits among students at all three Crystal Lake High Schools.
School Resource Officers conduct presentations on various law enforcement related topics in the classroom such as crime prevention, gang activity, rules of the road, alcohol, tobacco and drug issues. Each of the School Resource Officers is an accredited juvenile officer, who provide on the spot intervention with our young people, assisting in the disciplinary process and mentoring of students. School Resource Officers are commonly utilized as an informational resource for the students and staff.
Our current School Resource Officers are:
Officer Scott Torkelson at Prairie Ridge High School (815)356-2444 or email
Officer Zac Morse at South High School (815)356-3736 or email
Officer Chris Sanders at Central High School (815)356-3667 or email