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The School Resource Officer program is a detail within the Kalispell Police Department’s Detective Division.  The SRO program embraces a triad concept.  The first role the officer portrays is one of a law enforcement officer.  The SRO addresses criminal complaints and enforces the law.  The second role the SRO portrays is one of a teacher/guest lecturer.  The SRO provides law related information to students in a classroom setting.  The final role the SRO portrays is one of an informal counselor. The SRO provides counseling to students to help them make better decisions.  The SRO also provides career counseling to students who are interested in law enforcement or related fields.  During the school year, Kalispell Police Department SRO’s are based in the high schools, and provide services to 11 public schools within School District 5, as well as several private schools.  During the summer months, SRO’s are assigned to other duties within the department, including bicycle patrol, regular patrol, and investigations.

Officer Cory Clarke is the School Resource Officer at Flathead High School.  Officer Clarke is a native of the Flathead Valley and attended the University of Montana as well as MSU Northern where he obtained a degree in Drafting with a minor in Engineering.

He has been serving with the Kalispell Police Department since 2008.  He is an active member of the department serving as a member of the Major Crime Unit and as a Field Training Officer.  In 2012, he started working as the SRO for Flathead High School and he enjoys the opportunity it has given him to work more closely with the students and staff.   Officer Clarke is excited to continue serving our community in his new role as a School Resource Officer.

Officer Jason Parce is the School Resource Officer at Glacier High School.  Officer Parce is originally from northern Idaho, and attended the University of Idaho where he majored in Justice Studies and Sociology.  Officer Parce has been employed in law enforcement since 2006.  Prior to gaining employment with the Kalispell Police Department, he was a patrol deputy/coroner with Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in northern Nevada.  He received his formal training at the Nevada Commission of Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Academy in Carson City, Nevada.

As a School Resource Officer, his primary concern is keeping Kalispell schools a safe learning environment for all, while bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community.  He enjoys speaking about law enforcement related topics in an attempt to provide students and members of the community with a better understanding of the law and its enforcement.  Officer Parce is looking forward to his fourth year as a School Resource Officer.

 

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