A school resource officer (SRO) is a sworn officer who also serves as an investigating detective on juvenile cases. They are assigned to schools as an easily-accessible law enforcement officer and law-related counselor and educator. In addition, the SRO collaborates with the school and community as a resource for safety and security issues. They are specially trained to fulfill their unique position in law enforcement and provide a positive role model to students.
Post Falls Police has dedicated three SRO positions to provide service at all schools within Post Falls School District, which is comprised of one high school, one alternative high school, two middles schools, five elementary schools, and one kindergarten. The SROs are Detectives Brett Chapman, JD Putnam, and Troy Roberg.
Detective Chapman is serving his second consecutive year as Post Falls High School’s SRO with additional duties at New Vision High School. Detective Putnam is in his fourth year as an SRO. He is assigned to Post Falls Middle School, Prairieview and Ponderosa Elementary Schools, and Frederick Post Kindergarten. Det. Putnam is a field training officer and Honor Guard member. Detective Roberg is serving his first year as SRO. He is assigned to River City Middle School and Mullan Trail, Seltice, and Westridge Elementary Schools.
Our SROs are passionate about protecting children and helping them get the best education possible in a safe learning environment, providing a police and security presence on school grounds and after-school events as needed. They often teach classes at the schools about drugs, violence, and civil liberties.
SROs will often counsel and support students who are coping with complex family issues or bullying. Through conversations, children sometimes reveal incidents of abuse directly to the SRO. Our three SROs are trained in child abuse forensic interviews and child abuse injury investigations. And they maintain close, professional relationships with case workers at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.