School Resource Officer
The Powell Police Department has two officers assigned to Park County School District #1. Officer Trevor Carpenter is assigned to the Powell High School, Shoshone Learning Center, and Southside Elementary School. Officer Matt Koritik is assigned to Powell Middle School, Parkside Elementary School, and Westside Elementary School.
The majority of the officer’s time is spent engaging with students in a positive manner, and not acting in an enforcement role. The primary purpose of such initiative is to maintain a safe environment for students, school personnel, and other people using school facilities by:
Enhancing physical safety and security in the schools and on school grounds through prevention and intervention strategies.
Assisting with the development of school safety and lockdown plans.
Patrolling routes to school.
Conducting safety and security inspections.
Performing sweeps for weapons or drugs.
Suppressing violent incidents such as fights or domestic situations.
Maintaining an environment in which students feel safe from threats or incidents of bullying.
The officers have offices at the schools, interact with students and staff on a daily basis, and handle police-related issues on school district property. Our officers have established a great relationship not only with the staff but with students and parents as well through their daily interactions at the schools.
The SRO should be looked at as a resource to which the school community can turn to. As such, the SRO fulfills three roles by using a triad approach. The officer acts as a law enforcement officer, an informal counselor, and a law-related teacher. As a law enforcement officer, the primary purpose is to "keep the peace." As an informal counselor, the officer provides resource guidance to students, parents, teachers, staff, and acts as a link to support services both inside and outside the school. As a law-related teacher, the officer will share special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classroom to promote a better understanding of our laws. Furthermore, the SRO also serves as a positive role model for the students on campus during school hours and off-campus at extracurricular activities.
Officer Trevor Carpenter Officer Matt Koritnik
Powell Police Department Dispatch - 754-2212