Meet Your District 11 SRO's
Officer Vern Thomson
I am the School Resource Officer for Coronado High School. I am also a native of Colorado Springs and have been with the Colorado Springs Police Department since 2003. I have been an SRO since 2013. During my years with Colorado Springs Police Department, I have served in several different capacities. I started my career working Gold Hill midnights, which was probably the best shift I ever worked. I spent several years working midnights and enjoyed the relationships I built with fellow officers. In 2007 I changed paths and was requested to work with the Community Impact Response Team. (Commit). This was another great group of officers I worked with, and the team had great success in reducing violent crime, gang activity, and narcotics within the city.
In 2013 I joined the School Resource Officer Program. The first four (4) years I was at Rampart High School. In 2016 I was able to switch to Coronado High School. It was exciting to switch to Coronado because I am a 1991 graduate of Coronado High School. I enjoy working with young adults and helping them have a positive high school experience.
I enjoy spending time with my family, and I have a senior who attends Manitou Springs High School. I love traveling with my family and exploring different places. Our family has traveled to many destinations, and we enjoy cruising to most of them. I also enjoy spending time with friends, and you can find me on the golf course a lot of days during the summer.
Officer Thomson's schools
Officer Lawrence Archuleta
I have been a police officer for over 24 years. I was an officer for the Las Cruces Police Department in Las Cruces NM and retired after 20 years of service. During that time I worked in patrol, taught at the Academy, taught DARE, was on the SWAT team and was an SRO. I was an SRO in Las Cruces for two years. I also worked undercover in narcotics for 2 years and had a narcotics detection K-9 for one year. I was a patrol Sgt., worked in community policing and finished my career in Las Cruces as a narcotics Sgt.
I moved to Colorado Springs to join the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2019. I worked in patrol in the Gold Hill, Falcon and Stetson Hills divisions. I became an SRO for CSPD in 2021.
I wanted to become an SRO because I enjoy being able to be the first police officer some of these students have ever had direct contact with. I think it is great to be able to form positive relationships with students especially when they come from backgrounds that don't necessarily like/trust police. I like to try to show students that police officers are regular people like everyone else and are ready to help anyone in need. I also like to show students that police officers are not just in the school to enforce the laws but to also create positive relationships so that kids can ask me for help/advice whenever they might need it.
Officer Archuleta's schools
Officer David Tapia
Officer D. Tapia has been employed as a Colorado Springs Police Officer since 2014 and currently serves as the School Resource Officer for Mitchell High School. Officer Tapia became as SRO in 2017 at Harrison High School Officer Tapia has a combined 29 years of public service. Prior to his employment with Colorado Springs Police Department, Officer Tapia retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service.
Officer Tapia's schools
Officer Brad S. Krause
I have been with CSPD since 2012 and started in the Stetson Hills Patrol division. I moved to Sand Creek Patrol division and then was hired as a Detective, first with the Crimes Against Children Unit and then the Robbery Unit for a total of 5 years. I went back to Gold Hill Patrol division and the Sand Creek Patrol division before being selected to be the School Resource Officer at Palmer High School in February 2021. I enjoy working with the Training Academy and Community related events when not working in the schools.
In 1996 and after a very fun-filled College Freshman year in North Dakota, I joined the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Airman and was stationed at the United States Air Force Academy and retired in 2019 after 20+ years of service.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and child, working on my house, most outdoor activities and I am really beginning to hate the snow and cold weather in my old age.
Officer Krause's schools
Officer Christina Mattox
I have been in law enforcement for over nine years. I joined the Dallas Police Department September 2012 and left Dallas PD November 2018. I joined the Colorado Springs Police Department the end of November 2018. I have spent most of my law enforcement career in patrol and worked in multiple divisions across Dallas. While employed with Dallas PD I was involved with their training academy to involve; being a Redman (teaching recruits how to go hands on with a non-compliant party to the handcuffing position) and scenarios (Mental health calls, Domestic disturbances, etc). I have also worked with the Property Detectives in both departments totaling one year.
I joined the SRO unit in August 2021 working with Jenkins and Russell Middle School in District 11. I wanted to be a part of this unit because I can still remember the day’s police officers would come to my school and it had such a huge impact on my life. My goal is to give kids positive interactions with law enforcement, showing them we are not there to throw them into the system but to help them succeed in life. If I can change their perception of law enforcement by showing that I care about them even when they mess up, then I know I’m doing my job right. I have always had a passion to work with kids whether it be in law enforcement or coaching.
In my spare time I enjoy gaming (PS4), playing sports, travelling, and spending time with my family.
Officer Mattox's schools
Officer Emily McBride
Hello, I am Officer Emily McBride and I have been employed with CSPD since 2013. I first started as a civilian member of the department working as a Police Service Representative (PSR). As a PSR I worked with the officers to type reports and look up pertinent information regarding cases for officers.
In 2016 I became a police officer working in the patrol. I have worked as patrol officer in the Sand Creek, Stetson Hills, and Falcon divisions. I have been with the SRO Unit since 2022 working at Holmes and West Middle Schools.
Before working for CSPD, I graduated high school in Denver, CO and then graduated college from University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) with a BA in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Option. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, fishing, and reading.
Officer McBride's Schools
Officer Bryant Watts
I have been with Colorado Springs Police Department since July 2017. I have been apart of the SRO unit since September 2020. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and attended Colorado Springs School District 11 schools as a student. I graduated from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s degree in History. I also hold certificates as a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM/ISSA) with several specializations.
Prior to becoming a Police Officer I worked several different jobs including coaching football and baseball at the high school level. Due to my past experiences becoming an SRO was natural. I enjoy working with the students as a role model and giving back to a District/community that I was once apart of as a student and coach.
Officer Watt's schools
Officer Benjamin Hamelin
I have been a police officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) for 7 years. I wanted to be become a police officer to give back to the community. I wanted to become and School Resource Officer (SRO) because I had a background in education and wanted to combine his experiences as a teacher and a police officer because I have a passion to help juveniles. I also want to be a role model and mentor to the youth. I enjoy playing video games, frisbee golf, watching sports, and hanging out with my family.
Officer Hamelin's schools
Officer Sean Reed
I am Officer Sean Reed. I am a native of Colorado Springs and graduated from Liberty High School in 2006. I have been employed with the CSPD since 2015. During my time at CSPD, I have worked as a patrol officer in the Sand Creek, Stetson Hills, Falcon, and Gold Hill divisions. Most recently, and prior to joining the SRO Unit, I worked on one of the CSPD’s four Community Response Teams (CRT), which is a specialized unit serving the community members who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
I have also served 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and commissioned as a logistics officer. Currently, I am a captain and assigned as a battalion’s logistics officer and attend battle assembly in Salt Lake City, Utah.
My intent on joining the SRO unit was to provide children constructive interactions with law enforcement, change their perceptions, and provide a positive trajectory in their lives.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, three children, and our dog, Bailey. I also enjoy playing volleyball and soccer with my children, working on my house, and spending time outdoors.
Officer Reed's schools
Officer Jennifer Daigneault (D11 Rover)
I began my law enforcement career with the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2015. I was born and raised in Colorado and attended Fountain Fort Carson High School. I joined the SRO unit in 2018 as a City Rover and now serve as a Rover for Colorado Springs School District 11.
I graduated from Mesa State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology for Physical Education. I taught my first year at a Charter School in Grand Junction, before I returned to Colorado Springs in 2008 and taught Physical Education at Harrison High School. In 2011, I began teaching Physical Education at Fountain Fort Carson High School. During my years of teaching, I also served as the head softball coach at both schools and coached basketball. I received my master’s degree for Leadership with a Principalship at University of Colorado Springs in 2015.
I have found the role of the School Resource Officer to be very rewarding. I strive to keep the students safe and educated. I enjoy interacting with students and staff in all schools that I have the honor to work with. I love mentoring students and building positive relationships between staff, students, and within our community.
My interests outside of work included fishing, hiking, camping, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family.