RPD Officer Jim Jakymiw Named Elementary SRO

RPD Officer Jim Jakymiw Named Elementary SRO

RPD Officer Jim Jakymiw Named Elementary SRO

The City of Rochelle & Rochelle Elementary District 231 are proud to announce the selection of Rochelle Police Officer Jim Jakymiw as the District’s new School Resource Officer, pending final contract approval by both the City Council and the Elementary School Board.

“The SRO will be in the schools to serve as a role model and a resource for both the students and staff,” said Police Chief Eric Higby.  He continued, “I know Officer Jakymiw will be fantastic with the kids.”

The Resource Officer’s role is to serve as an educator, mentor and lastly law enforcer.  Along with helping to provide a safe learning environment, the SRO works to foster positive relationships with students, helps students in developing problem-solving strategies and develops presentations for school staff. 

Officer Jakymiw joined the Department in 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and has received training in breath alcohol testing, patrol tactics and incident command. Officer Jakymiw is a certified juvenile officer, bike officer and car seat technician.

The proposed agreement includes the Officer serving the school district during the school year and returning to regular Police Department duties during the summer months with each entity funding their time period. Both organizations hope to have the agreement in place by the start of October.

“This is another prime example of the City and local school districts working cooperatively together to provide a valuable service to the parents, teachers, and children of our community,” said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh.    

“District 231 looks forward to partnering with the City of Rochelle, and specifically with Officer Jakymiw, on providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students.” said Jason Harper, Superintendent of Rochelle Elementary District 231.