School Resource Officer


The Billings Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment for students where they can focus and learn to become productive members of our society. A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer whose primary assignment is within the local schools for the purpose of:

  • Enforcement
  • Law-related education
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring students

By working closely with the students, SROs are able to build a rapport with them and are often more approachable, become a resource for questions and advice and help develop positive attitudes. SROs work with teachers, parents and school staff to share responsibilities for crafting solutions to problems other than arrest.


Each School Resource Officer receives training specific to their position in the schools. They attend a 40-hour Basic School Resource Officer Training and a 24-hour Advanced SRO Training. They also attend on-going training to update issues at the schools. Training covers:

  • Areas in school-based law enforcement
  • Violence prevention
  • Substance abuse
  • Security and safety
  • Classroom instruction

School Resource Officers

Resource Officer

Sgt. Matthew Chaney
SRO Sergeant
Jerry Smidt West High School
Bob Ellison Riverside Middle School
Tim Doll Skyview High School
George Zorzakis Lewis and Clark Middle School

Kelly Compton Medicine Crow Middle School
Castlerock Middle School

Mitch Hillier Will James Middle School
Ben Steele Middle School

Jeff Richter Billings Central
Career Center
Jeremy Boeckel
Senior High School