I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our team and let you know exactly what we do here at Carmel High School.
I am Sergeant D.J. Schoeff and I supervise the School Resource Unit with the Carmel Police Department. I have worked as a School Resource Officer since 2008 and have a great passion for the success of youth in our community. I have had the privilege of serving on both the Indiana School Resource Officers Association as well as the National Association of School Resource Officers. I have an A.S. from Vincennes University and a B.S. in Law Enforcement Management from Calumet College of St. Joseph.
I am joined by a wonderful team of SROs here at Carmel High School
Officer Scotty Moore –
MPO Scotty Moore has been at Carmel High School since 2013. He has over 34 years in Law Enforcement. He spent his first 6 years of Law Enforcement as an Indiana State Trooper. Prior to becoming a certified SRO he spent 21 years as a K9 handler/trainer for CPD. Scotty assisted in developing our departments Teen Academy program and continues to work the Teen Academy during the summer as one of two drill instructors. He enjoys working with the students and staff at CHS and considers this one of the most rewarding jobs he has had since becoming a police officer.
Officer Shane VanNatter –
Shane has been working at Carmel High School in a resource officer capacity since 2009. He is a certified Advanced National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) graduate, an Advanced Indiana School Safety Specialist, and an ALICE instructor. He has been a member of the CPD SWAT team since 2010. He is the lead advisor of the Carmel Police Exploring Post for youth who are interested in law enforcement careers and has been an instructor for the Carmel Police Teen Academy since 2008.
Shane is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and previously worked as a reserve police officer with the Logansport Police Department for 7 years. He is married with 3 adult children and enjoys motorcycle riding, camping, and playing squash.
Officer Wendy Bodenhorn -
Officer Wendy Bodenhorn grew up in Anderson, IN and attended Madison Heights High School. She was a three-sport athlete and went on to play collegiate basketball at Tri-State University, now known as Trine University. She graduated in 1999 with a degree in psychology and criminal justice. She took a job at St. John’s Anderson Center in May of 1999, working as a therapist on a residential treatment unit for kids. She also worked on the adult mental health and addiction units as well. She started her career in Law Enforcement in 2002 with the Anderson Police Dept., then transferred to Carmel Police Dept. in January 2006. She became an SRO in Carmel Clay Schools in 2009. Her first 8 years in the unit, she served at Creekside Middle School before transferring to Carmel High School.
The School Resource Officer program has three main functions:
1) The School Resource Officer (SRO) serves on the administrative team at the Carmel High School and acts as a liaison between the Carmel Police Department and Carmel High School by addressing any needs, requests or concerns by either the school or the police department.
2) The School Resource Officer (SRO) also provides classroom instruction to Carmel High School students on any law enforcement related issues that are being discussed in their course studies. The SRO also provides requested presentations on law enforcement matters to various parent, student, or faculty organizations.
3) The School Resource Officer (SRO) acts as a mentor to the students at Carmel High School by being available to assist students and their parents with questions, problems, or any situation that the student or their parent may be dealing with which has a need for law enforcement related guidance.
It is our goal, and the goal of the Carmel Police Department, along with Carmel High School, to provide a safe, open, and positive learning environment for the students, their parents, faculty, and our community.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve Carmel High School, and are open to any ideas or suggestions that you may have regarding the SRO program. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sergeant D.J. Schoeff
Carmel Police Department