School Resource Officers
Each District 155 school has a school resource officer (SRO), a police officer who has undertaken training specific to working in a school setting. For our schools, the SROs are full-time members of the Crystal Lake or Cary Police Department. These police officers are present to secure our buildings, investigate incidents at the school, and maintain order.
Zac Morse, Crystal Lake South High School
Zac Morse is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Crystal Lake South High School, and a 2005 graduate. Morse received his bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University. Morse has been the SRO for three years and has served as a Crystal Lake Police officer for 10 years. He is a certified juvenile officer, evidence technician/investigator, range instructor, police sniper, and rifle armorer. Morse is also a rapid deployment and a use of force instructor in high risk situations.
Chris Sanders, Crystal Lake Central High School
Chris Sanders is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Crystal Lake Central High School. He has been a police officer with the Crystal Lake Police Department for eight-and-a-half years, and is in his third year as a SRO. Sanders graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in criminal justice. He is a certified evidence technician and juvenile officer and also has certifications in drug detection and crisis management. Sanders is an active member of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Mobile Field Force program. This program is designed to provide rapid, organized, and disciplined response to civil disorder, crowd control, or other tactical situations.
Scott Torkelson, Prairie Ridge High School
Scott Torkelson is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Prairie Ridge High School, and began serving as a SRO in August 2018. He has 12 years of law enforcement experience, and currently serves as an officer with the Crystal Lake Police Department. He is a certified Juvenile Officer, Evidence Technician, and Field Training Officer. Torkelson has instructed an active shooter response, served on the Crystal Lake Emergency Services Team (SWAT), and the McHenry County Gang Unit. He was also undercover for four years with the Illinois State North Central Narcotics Task Force.
Paul Fatzinger, Cary-Grove High School
Paul Fatzinger is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Cary-Grove High School, and serves as a detective with the Cary Police Department. He has seven years of experience as a police officer, and began serving as SRO in August 2018. Fatzinger received his associates from McHenry County College (MCC). He is a certified juvenile officer, homicide investigator, field training officer, and patrol officer in charge. Fatzinger is trained for mental health related crisis intervention and rapid deployment/active shooter training as well.