Current School Resource Officers Lieutenant Ed Blakley Lieutenant Blakley was assigned to the position of school resource officer in the summer of 2010. He is a 25-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 Terry Cox Officer Cox was assigned to the position of school resource officer in the fall of 2013. Officer Cox is a 17 year veteran of the department and she will 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 cover both middle schools in a proactive effort and currently maintains officers at both sites.
Officer Cox serves in many capacities throughout the school day; however her primary duty is to protect the school, staff, and students from harm. Officer Cox investigates criminal acts within the school system and crimes within the community that are school-related. Her 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 and Officer Cox 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 Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 219.531.3140 or Ben Franklin Middle School at 219.531.3020