- Fishers Police Department
- School Resource Unit
School Resource Unit
National Association of School Resource Officers Model Agency Award
The Fishers Police School Resource Unit is a recipient of the Model Agency Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers.
The Mission of the Fishers Police School Resource Unit is to provide a safe, uninterrupted learning environment for students, staff, and administration. Our commitment is to maintain a strong partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
Meet the School Resource Officers
Lt. Andy Burks
My name is Andy Burks and I am one of two supervisors over the SRO unit. I have been in law enforcement since 1996 with past 4 in the SRO unit. Our main objective is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the student and staff of the HSE school district. During my off hours, I enjoy spending time with family and traveling when time permits. Don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or one of our school resource officers if there is anything you may need.
Sgt. Pierre Berry
Sergeant Pierre Berry has over 15 years of Law Enforcement experience. Pierre is an Anderson University Alum and graduated from AU in 2007. In 2010 Pierre was hired by the Fishers Police Department. Since being employed by the Fishers Police Department Pierre has become a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a Crisis Hostage Negotiator, and he is a member of the Fishers Police Department Diversity Committee.
Officer Matt Ruhnow
I’ve been a police officer since 1998 and during that time I was a detective, Emergency Response Team member and an SRO. I’ve been an SRO at Fishers High School for 10 years. Before coming to Fishers I was an officer with South Bend PD for almost 5 years.
Officer Dave Pyle
I’ve been a police officer since 1997. Prior to coming to Fishers I worked for the South Bend Police Dept. As an SRO I am currently assigned to both HSE and Fishers High Schools. In my free time I enjoy watching my kid’s sporting events and golfing.
Officer Kevin Sutton
I attended Ball State University for Criminal Justice and have been a Police Officer since 2000. I am currently the SRO at Hamilton Southeastern High School. In my free time I enjoy coaching my children in youth sports and spending time outdoors fishing, camping, and playing golf.
Officer Alicia Ahnert
I've been on FPD since 2006. I am married with 2 kids. I love working with kids in the school setting and creating positive relationships between the community and police. I co-coordinate our FPD Cops & Kids program during the holidays to give kids in need in our community items needed during the holidays. We started the program in 2012 and have grown our program exponentially since then to reach several families in our community. I currently serve on the DARE Indiana Advisory Board as an at-large member. I am a member of the FPD Critical Incident Stress Management team, an instructor in Emergency Vehicle Operations, and a DARE Indiana State Training Team member.
Officer Shaun Williams
My name is Shaun Williams and I am an SRO with the Fishers Police Department. My assigned schools are HIJH, SES, DE, and TCE. I have been a police officer since 2008 with the last 8 being in Fishers. I have been with the SRO unit for the last 3 years. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville in Sports Management, and I was a student athlete on the baseball team. I also attended Ball State where I received a Master's degree in Athletics Administration. Although my education was not criminal justice, I took many classes in that area and had always thought about becoming a police officer. I spend almost all of my free time traveling with and coaching my oldest daughter while she plays travel softball. I love spending time with my family and when we aren't at the softball fields you can find us camping and spending time on our boat at the lakes. Working as an SRO and spending time with kids is a rewarding experience. I enjoy the position and what it has to offer outside of normal police duties. The ability to interact with kids on a daily basis in different roles as a counselor, teacher, and as police officer is what makes the position so rewarding.
Officer Adam Shanks
Officer Adam Shanks has been in law enforcement since 2008 and for the last two years he has been assigned to the SRO unit. Additionally, Officer Shanks is a part of the PD’s dive team as a certified Public Safety Diver. Before becoming a Police Officer he served in the Army Reserves as an MP, completing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officer Shanks is currently assigned to Geist Elementary, Fall Creek Elementary, Brooks School Elementary, Fall Creek Intermediate, Fall Creek Jr. High, and Focus.
Officer Christopher Owens
Officer Christopher Owens has been with the Fishers Police Department since 2008. He was assigned as an SRO in January 2021. He has been certified by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). Before coming to the Fishers Police Department, Officer Owens served in the United States Army and continued to serve in the Indiana Army National Guard after being hired by Fishers PD. Officer Owens retired from the military in 2018 after 20-years of service. Officer Owens has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He is an avid NASCAR fan and enjoys traveling to various race tracks to watch races in person.
School Resource Officer Unit History
Officers began working in Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) Schools in 1991. During those early years, The Fishers Police Department placed police officers in the Schools as DARE Officers. The DARE Officers often wore many hats while they were in their assigned buildings teaching the curriculum. When there were law enforcement needs, the DARE Officers would step in and take the appropriate action. The Officers also helped teachers, administrators and counselors with issues with students that needed counseling and in some cases a strong role model. The limitations of the program initially were that when the DARE curriculum was completed, the officers would not be a presence in the buildings any longer. There was also limited involvement in the high schools other than officers working as part time security.
As the needs of the community changed and the size of the school district increased, a School Resource Officer unit was developed in 2002. The program was established as a cooperative effort by the schools and the police department after a grant was awarded to the department by the US Department of Justice. This program allowed the department to assign officers full time to the high school as full time SROs. This gave the high school officers that were SROs trained in the Triad concepts of school resource policing. The SRO Triad essentially means that the officer wears 3 distinct “hats” that describe the daily responsibilities of the SRO. The 3 components of the Triad are Teacher, Counselor and Law Enforcement Officer.
Each SRO serves in some capacity in each of these roles. Depending on the situation the officer is dealing with, one role may be more dominant than the others. Flexibility and the ability to handle a wide range of incidents is extremely important to the effective SRO. The first officer trained in these Triad concepts by The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) attended the basic course in 2003.
When the program began, 2 officers split the responsibility of providing service to 10,000 students in 13 school buildings including one high school. The SRO program grew to 3 officers serving 15,000 students in 18 buildings by 2005 which included a new second high school. This program became a great partner to the existing DARE unit that was working in the lower grades. In 2011, the SRO unit had grown to 4 officers and it was determined that the 2 units should be consolidated into one School Resource Unit. This allowed for DARE certified Officers to become NASRO trained SROs that could provide full SRO services to the lower grades while the existing SROs could focus on the SRO services necessary at the 2 large high schools.
The FPD currently has 8 officers assigned to the School Resource Officer Unit. Our school district has grown to serve students in 21 buildings that include the 2 high schools. Currently, there are 3 SROs assigned to the high school buildings and 4 officers assigned, one each, to the 4 junior high schools. These 4 officers are responsible to cover the elementary and intermediate schools that feed their junior high. The SRO Sergeant is available to support all SROs at all levels. The Major of the SRO unit oversees the Support Division of the agency which includes other responsibilities. Although the Major is involved in other areas of the agency, he is NASRO Certified and supports the school district with safety planning and administrative duties.
We are very fortunate to have a strong, productive relationship with the educators at all of our schools. The Hamilton Southeastern School District is now educating approximately 22,000 students and the responsibility of making the educational environment a safe place is our number one priority. The core responsibility of all of the officers is to provide for the safety of students and staff at all HSE Schools. We work closely with school administration on a variety of criminal and non-criminal safety and security concerns. SROs advise school administration on appropriate security and emergency preparedness for responses to topics like threats of violence. SROs are certified instructors in the ALiCE Active Shooter response for schools and train students and staff the wide variety of response options available in active shooter situations.
In 2018, the department made a shift from the DARE Program in favor of a home-grown program that allows for greater flexibility based on the needs of the community. Topics such as school safety, mental health and digital citizenship are included in classroom visits by the SROs.
In addition to classroom visitation, the SROs represent a heavy involvement in the district safe school projects. SROs are involved in many other school and community programs as well. These programs include the hugely successful Cops and Kids Holiday Program, The FPD Explorer Post, The Teen Academy, HSE Text-a-Tip and Pre-school and Day Care Safety Initiatives.
The ultimate goal is for SROs to be heavily involved in the school community to serve as officers, counsellors, teachers, coaches and role models. We also need to serve as a resource to the teachers, administrators and staff of all HSE schools. It is our goal to constantly improve what we do and strive for excellence in keeping our kids safe and providing a high level of service to our school and the community as well.
School Resourse Officer Placement
|Major Mike Janes
|Support Division Commander|
|Lt. Andy Burks
|East Area/ Administration|
|Sergeant Pierre Berry
|West Area Supervisor|
|Officer Matt Ruhnow
|Fishers High School|
|Officer Dave Pyle
|FOCUS, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers High School|
|Officer Kevin Sutton
|Hamilton Southeastern High School|
|Officer Alicia Ahnert
|Cumberland Road Elementary, Hoosier Road Elementary, Sand Creek Elementary, Sand Creek Intermediate, Fishers Junior High|
|Officer Shaun Williams
|Thorpe Creek Elementary, Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Jr. High, Durbin Elementary, Southeastern Elementary|
|Officer Chris Owens
|Harrison Parkway Elementary, Fishers Elementary, Lantern Road Elementary, New Britton Elementary, Riverside Intermediate/Jr. High, Hamilton Southeastern/Fishers Academy|
|Officer Adam Shanks
|Geist Elementary, Fall Creek Elementary, Brooks School Elementary, Fall Creek Intermediate, Fall Creek Jr. High, FOCUS|