In January of 2007, the Dickinson Police Department assigned the first-ever School Resource Officer to the Dickinson Public School District. With all of the challenges today’s youth experience, many law enforcement agencies realized the importance of being proactive in the school environment. Thus, the department and school district worked together to develop the School Resource Program.
With our partnership with the school district, the department currently has three School Resource Officers stationed continuously at Dickinson High School and Dickinson Middle School, and on a rotational basis at the elementary schools. Some duties of the SROs include resolving student conflicts, processing status crimes occurring on school property, and having a presence at after-school activities such as dances and athletic programs. In addition, the SROs provide a valuable resources to school staff, teachers and youth to prevent and solve problems within the school and community and foster positive relationships between youth and police officers.
In the fall of 2014, the Dickinson PD, along with the Dickinson Public School District, were proud to announce the addition of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to our list of proactive services. DARE officers attended an 80-hour specialized course to become certified instructors. The courses are eleven, 45-minute classes at the 5th and 7th grade level covering topics to give kids the skills needed to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence. Supplemental courses also cover bullying, prescription drug abuse, and internet safety.
During the summer months, the School Resource Officers are involved in many of the city’s summer youth programs. They are also in charge of the community programs throughout the year and have a satellite office located within the West River Community Center.
SGT Brandon Stockie
Sergeant Brandon Stockie is currently assigned to all of the Dickinson Elementary Schools and Southwest Community High School.
Sergeant Stockie has been with the Dickinson Police Department since 2008 and has served in a variety of roles. Sergeant Stockie has been on patrol and in investigations prior to becoming a School Resource Officer.
During the summer, Sergeant Stockie, takes on the role of a community liaison between the police department and the community.
In Sergeant Stockie’s free time he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his four lovely children and wife. He coaches baseball and is an active parent of his children’s hockey endeavors and rodeo adventures. He also enjoys hunting and fishing, and is a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard.
SPO Taylor Peters
Senior Officer Taylor Peters is located at the Dickinson High School. He has been with the Dickinson Police Department since 2015. He has served on Patrol and in investigations, and now joins the School Resource Officer ranks.
SPO Peters recently graduated from Dickinson State University with his bachelor’s degree in Composite Social Science and is working on his master’s degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration with an emphasis in Executive Police Administration.
In his off time he enjoys lifting weights and watching movies.
SPO Tiffany Whinery
Senior Officer Tiffany Whinery is located at the Dickinson Middle School. She has been with the Dickinson Police Department since 2016. She came to Dickinson from Wyoming, where she was a police officer for almost six (6) years.
Officer Whinery has an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Science degree in Homeland Security. She is currently attending the University of Wyoming as a distance education student, majoring in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology.
Officer Whinery is currently a Drug Recognition Expert and loves teaching students and adults about drugs and behaviors. She enjoys building positive relationships with students and staff.
The Dickinson Police Department, along with Dickinson Public Schools, recently started a new program called Text-A-Tip at Dickinson High School and Dickinson Middle School. This program will give kids the opportunity to report illegal activities, bullying, weapons, and other concerns by texting the School Resource Officer at 701-260-7804. All students who use the program may remain anonymous.
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