School Resource Officers honored by the Parkland city commission. Photo courtesy City of Parkland.

By Jill Fox

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Parkland District recognized the city’s School Resource Officers as the 2018 Deputies of the Year at the city commission meeting on April 3. 

According to Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, the SRO Unit has demonstrated a commitment in ensuring the safety of Parkland schools in challenging times. 

“This unit has logged numerous hours working on improving relationships with students, teachers, and parents,” said Hunschofsky.

The SRO Unit was honored for designing, developing, and delivering public education initiatives dealing with mental health, drug awareness, and social media to both parents and students along with  forging partnerships with parent organizations and cultivating mentoring opportunities for students at all grade levels.

Park Trails Elementary SRO Ian Burres said the resource officers in Parkland Schools are there because they chose to be. After the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, highly motivated individuals from specialized units volunteered for these positions, such as detectives and SWAT members.

“We felt the schools needed officers better equipped to handle such situations, and we wanted to help protect the children, so it’s an honor to be recognized for our service,” said Burres.

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