“The School Resource Officer program reflects a community partnership between the Police Department and the School District to ensure that our schools are safe, secure, and orderly learning environments,” that’s according to the Texas Association of School Resource Officers, also known as TASRO.
The organization also states that a School Resource Officer acts as a law enforcement officer by “keeping the peace”’ an informal counselor to provide resource guidance to faculty, staff, students, and parents; and a law-related presenter by sharing special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classrooms to promote a better understanding of the laws. The officer also serves as a positive role model for students on campus during school hours and off campus at extracurricular activities.
Howard County Deputy Frank Vidal, School Resource Officer for, both, Coahoma and Forsan Independent School Districts was recently named Officer of the Year by the Texas Association of School Resource Officers. According to Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker, Officer Vidal has established great working relationships with not only the schools, but also the communities that he serves, all while providing a blanket of protection to them. Not only does he work at the schools, but Vidal is also very involved in activities as well as the day to day operations. He steps in when needed and lends that extra helping hand even when it may be above the call of duty.
Sheriff Parker stated that his department is very proud of Officer Vidal, his accomplishment; and they look forward to his continued success as a School Resource Officer and his devotion to his position.