School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers have been part of the Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Public Schools since 1971. The numbers of officers assigned to the schools has varied during the history of the program, but the communication, building relationships in advance of unthinkable events, sharing experiences in the classroom and being another positive influence has remained consistent.

About School Resource Officers

SROs are elite officers whom we have assigned through a highly competitive selection process. Candidates for the position of SRO must demonstrate not only their aptitude as a police officer, but also their ability to communicate and interact with kids, their community involvement, and their commitment to youth development. In addition, LPS school administrators provide input to LPD about SRO candidates.

In short, those who earn the opportunity to serve as SROs are veteran officers who display a passion to serve and protect our children. But passion isn't enough-we also require our SROs to complete extensive training. Selected candidates complete training from the National Association of School Resource Officers, with an emphasis on the topic of effective building relationships and working with teenagers.

In partnership with Region V Systems of Health, SROs receive additional youth-focused Behavioral Threat Assessment (BETA) training to better equip them for the school setting. Per our General Orders, SROs (as well as all Lincoln police officers) also complete annual mandatory training concerning implicit bias, cultural competency, and de-escalation.

By policy and practice, School Resource Officers employ discretion. We train our SROs to recognize that not every school disturbance requires enforcement action or entry into the criminal justice system. Instead, many incidents can be resolved by connecting students to resources, collaborating with school officials, or simply having a conversation with a student.

The SRO is a specialized position within the Lincoln Police Department, which assigns an officer to a school as his or her beat area. This specialized assignment allows the SRO an opportunity to develop relationships with students and staff, and provides time for the SRO to focus on individual school needs.

LPS and LPD agree that student discipline practices and referrals to the juvenile justice system need to be closely monitored to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all LPS students. All parties acknowledge that crime prevention is most effective when LPS, LPD, parents, behavioral health professionals, and the community are working in a positive and collaborative manner. Ultimately, this builds positive relationships leading to better student outcomes.

 

High School SROs

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Officer Mike Holm graduated from UNL with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He has been an officer with LPD since June 1992 and has been a field training officer and a high school SRO at Northeast, Southeast and Southwest High Schools. Mike is married and has four children. Officer Holm has enjoyed working in the Lincoln Public School system in the past and looks forward to developing new relationships with East High students and staff. Go Spartans!

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Officer Phillip Tran was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has been an officer with Lincoln Police Department since May of 2009. Officer Tran received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Officer Tran is currently a captain in the NE Air National Guard and has served since 2002. He is married with two children and in his free time enjoys golfing and snowboarding.

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Officer Ryan Duncan has been an officer with Lincoln Police since 2009. Officer Duncan was an investigator in the Special Victims Unit from 2015-2017 and has experience working cases involving children. He brings a positive outlook and approachable demeanor. He develops an excellent rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds which is an asset as a police officer and within the school system.

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Officer Shane Jensen has been an officer with the Lincoln Police Department since May of 2009. Officer Jensen is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and is a graduate of Lincoln High School. Officer Jensen has been a patrol officer on the Southwest, Northwest and Center Teams as well as previously working as the SRO for North Star from 2014-2017. He is also a defensive tactics and firearms instructor for the department who assists with the training of new recruits and veteran officers. Officer Jensen has been married to his wife since 2003 and has two children.

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Officer Joe Fisher has been an officer with the Lincoln Police Department since December 2010. He is a member of Field Force, a Field Training Officer and has served as a patrol officer on Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Center Teams. Additionally, Officer Fisher has served as an SRO at Southwest High School. Prior to coming to LPD, Officer Fisher was employed as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher in Concordia, Kansas - teaching high school students about Agriculture. He recently graduated from UNL with a masters degree in Youth Development. Officer Fisher is married and has two children. Officer Fisher enjoys working at Southeast High School, developing positive relationships with students and staff.

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Officer Amen has been a police officer since 2001, and prior to that he was an elementary teacher with LPS. Officer Amen has been an Investigator in the Special Victims Unit specializing in crimes against children and is a Field Training Officer helping to teach new officers and recruits. He previously served as the School Resource Officer at East High School. 

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Middle School SROs

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Officer Jon Rennerfeldt has been in law enforcement since 2002, encompassing two states. He has bachelor degrees in biology and philosophy and a master's degree in forensic science. Officer Rennerfeldt is a member of the Crime Scene Unit, Accident Reconstruction Team and is a drug recognition expert (DRE). Jon is married with two children.

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Officer Riley Ference graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan with a degree in social work, criminal justice, and religion. She has been a member of the department since 2013. Officer Ference enjoys working with children and families in need. Officer Ference is an approachable and easy going person. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and outdoor activities.

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roh_s.jpg Goodrich & Schoo Middle Schools

Officer Rick Roh has been with the Lincoln Police Department since June of 2003. Rick graduated from UNO with a BA in journalism/public relations. He spent the majority of his career working the night shift. Rick has served as a field training officer, an internal resource officer, a firearms instructor, a defensive tactics instructor, and is a member of the Field Force. Rick has been married for 24 years, and has three children in college. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, sports, and martial arts.

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Officer Ference has been with the police department since 2000. He has previously served as a temporary SRO at North Star High School. He has also been a member of the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force. Officer Ference is married to Officer Riley Ference and has 3 children. Officer Ference enjoys golf, fishing, Husker sports and all the major Pittsburgh professional sports teams.

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Officer Al Pickering has been a Lincoln police officer since 2001. In addition to his duties as an SRO, he is a member of the Field Force Team. Officer Pickering is married and has one child. He enjoys traveling, Husker athletics and attending his son's sporting events.

 

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meade_s.jpg Park & Scott Middle Schools

Officer Kathryn Wojahn graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a degree in secondary education. She has been a Lincoln police officer since 2014 and has worked on various teams in the city. Officer Wojahn is married and has a cat and a dog. She enjoys cooking, running, working out and spending time with family. She is looking forward to building relationships with students and staff.

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