Current School Resource Officers

Current School Resource Officers
Lt. BlakleyLieutenant Ed Blakley
Lieutenant Blakley was assigned to the position of school resource officer in the summer of 2010. He is a 40 year veteran of the Valparaiso Police Department and has worked closely with high school personnel and students for numerous years. Prior to this assignment, Lieutenant Blakley was the field training officer coordinator and emergency vehicle operations instructor.

Lieutenant Blakley investigates criminal acts within the school system and crimes within the community that are school-related. His presence also acts as a deterrent for delinquent and inappropriate behavior, and provides a safe learning environment for the students and teachers.


Officer CoxOfficer Terry Cox and Officer Shannon Morris
Officer Cox was assigned to the position of school resource officer in the fall of 2013 and Officer Morris was assigned in 2018.  Officer Cox is a 23 year veteran of the department and Officer Morris is a 18 year veteran. Both Officer's coordinate the Gang Resistant Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T) taught at all middle schools in Valparaiso, including two private schools within Valparaiso. Officer Cox is assigned to Ben Franklin and Officer Morris is assigned to Thomas Jefferson Middle School. 

Officer Cox and Morris serve in many capacities throughout the school day; however their primary duty is to protect the school, staff, and students from harm. They investigate criminal acts within the school system and crimes within the community that are school-related. Their presence also acts as a deterrent for delinquent and inappropriate behavior and provides a safe learning environment for the students and teachers.


Safety Awareness
Lieutenant Blakley, Officer Cox, and Officer Morris provide many presentations to students in the school system on a variety of topics ranging from bullying, internet safety, alcohol and drug abuse resistance, the dangers of underage drinking and smoking, and the consequences of making poor decisions. Students and staff are frequently given reminders and awareness of safety concerns that occur throughout the school year with an emphasis on crime prevention.

More Information
Lieutenant Blakley can be contacted during the school day by calling the Valparaiso High School at 219.531.3070. Officer Cox can be contacted during the school day by calling Ben Franklin Middle School at 219.531.3020.  Officer Morris can be contacted during the school day by calling Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 219.531.3140.