DARE Officer Bios

Sgt. Matthew Evers - SRO/DARE Coordinator

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Hello, my name is Ofc. Matt Evers and I have been part of the Edwardsville Police Department since September of 2006. Prior to my career as a law enforcement officer, I attended Eastern Illinois University and then Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

During my career as a law enforcement officer, I have served different functions within the department such as: Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, Crime Scene Technician, and Firearms Trainer.  I am also a 4 E’s Instructor and have experience in developing and implementing active shooter training and drills for my department.

For approximately 8 years of my police career, I was a Detective for the Edwardsville Police Department. My investigative experience includes a three-year assignment to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), which is an undercover drug task force for the Metro East Area.  I just recently finished a five-year assignment in the Edwardsville Police Department’s Investigations Division conducting general investigations for the city of Edwardsville.  I am also a member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.   

In August of 2022, I assumed the role of the School Resource Officer/DARE Coordinator.  As the SRO/DARE Coordinator, I supervise the SRO/DARE Officers and act as a liaison between the Edwardsville School District and the Edwardsville Police Department. 

I am a lifelong resident of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area, and graduated from EHS in 1998. I am proud of my community and school district, which is why I chose to live, work, and raise a family in this area.  I have a continued vested interest in the safety and security of our schools since my two children are now students in the district. I look forward to working with all of you in the future to continue to make our school district a safe, secure, and fun learning environment. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me any time at: Edwardsville High School 618-656-7100, Ext. 20632 or Edwardsville Police Department 618-656-2131 Ext. 156 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 Officer Jarrod Sprinkle - DARE Officer 

SprinkleHello, my name is Jarrod Sprinkle and I have been with the Edwardsville Police Department since 2000.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from McKendree University.  At the Edwardsville Police Department, I have had many special assignments through the years.  I have been an Acting Shift Commander for the past 9 years, Crisis Intervention Team member, Crime Scene Investigator, Ward Officer, and many other assignments through my Law Enforcement career. 

I have also coached several of my sons’ teams in basketball, football, and baseball.  Between my coaching and law enforcement experience, I believe I will be able to relate well with the DARE students when teaching them the curriculum.  


Officer Ryan Grimes - DARE Officer


 I am Officer Ryan Grimes and I am currently a DARE Officer with the Edwardsville Police Department. I began my Law Enforcement career with the Danville Police Department and transferred to Edwardsville in 2018. Prior to my career in Law Enforcement, I spent time working in the business sector.

Throughout my career in Law Enforcement, I have participated in a Street Crimes Unit, Field Training Officer, Youth Academy, Crime Scene Investigation and various other tasks relating to Law Enforcement. I enjoy volunteering time for local fundraisers. It is very important to me to stay active and participate throughout community activities.

I look forward to many years of instructing our DARE program and sharing my knowledge. It is important to me to provide continuing education and a positive influence on our current students. The DARE program provides information pertaining to growth, development and life choices. I bring and outgoing, enthusiastic and devoted personality to this assignment and am excited to build a positive working relationship with our local schools. 


Edwardsville School Resource Officer Program

The School Resource Officer (SRO) is an integral part of the DARE program.  The SRO continues the link between student and law enforcement professional at the middle school level and at the high school level.

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