Beginning this fall, Roseville Area High School (RAHS) will have a new school liaison officer (SLO). Officer Lacey Blizek replaces Officer Maureen Sikorra, who recently retired from the police force.
With enrollment of more than 2,100 students, RAHS is a city in itself. It requires additional security than Roseville patrol officers can provide, so the school district pays approximately two-thirds of an SLO’s salary to work at the school. The SLO serves in addition to school personnel to provide safety in and around the high school grounds. The SLO forms relationships with students and their families, which, in turn, helps promote safety.
During the school year Officer Blizek will spend school days at RAHS. She may travel to other schools within the district, if needed. When school is not in session, Officer Blizek will return to regular police duty at Roseville.
Officer Blizek has worked as a patrol officer for Roseville since March 2005. She has received extensive training in a variety of areas including blood alcohol testing operator (DWI offenses), suspect interview and search and seizure classes.
Officer Blizek is in charge of the Roseville Police Benevolent Association and has participated in the Police Unity Tour in the Washington D.C. area.
“The school liaison officer plays a critical component for providing public safety in Roseville. The SLO is in a unique position to constantly and positively interact with young adults in a setting comfortable to them,” said Police Chief Rick Mathwig. “The SLO pairs with school staff to increase safety in and around RAHS,” he added.