Officer Blaine Engdahl started working for the Arvada Police Department in 1988, after working at Wheat Ridge P.D. for 3 years. He worked assignments in patrol and the traffic unit as a motorcycle officer. Blaine is also a radar and laser instructor for the department. For two years, Officer Engdahl was a DARE officer, teaching drug resistance and violence prevention in Arvada elementary schools.
In January of 2006, Officer Engdahl became the School Resource Officer at Ralston Valley High School. Officer Endgahl says he enjoys interacting with the students and establishing a rapport with them. “They get to see myself (and other police officers) as people, people who don’t just write tickets, and make arrests.” He especially enjoys working with the special needs students.
In addition to his regular duties at the school, SRO Engdahl attends school sporting events, academic awards nights, band and choir concerts, and theater performances. Blaine comments, “When the students see me in other settings, they realize this is more than just a job to me.” Because he has made a personal connection with students, the students and their parents often invite him to the graduation parties or they just to stop by to say “Hi” when the students are back from college.
A Ralston Valley staff member wrote, “Blaine has integrated himself fully into the RVHS community by showing interest in our students and staff beyond his law enforcement role. Although officially an employee of the City of Arvada, Officer Engdahl is thought of by Ralston Valley students and staff as a member of the RVHS family.”