AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today congratulated Deputy Jason Solomon of the York County Sheriff’s Office on being selected as the 2013 National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year.
Solomon is a 12-year veteran of the York County Sheriff’s Office who has been the school resource officer for Massabesic High School in Waterboro since 2010.
“Deputy Solomon is a leader and role model for his community, and I offer my congratulations to him on receiving this prestigious award,” said Governor LePage. “School resource officers are very much more than an armed security presence in our schools. Officers, like Deputy Solomon, across Maine are promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement, which is important for future generations in building stronger, safer communities.”
NASRO’s School Resource Officer of the Year Award recognizes an SRO that has made a specific and significant contribution to their local community and school. Chief Deputy Bill King submitted Deputy Solomon for this honor after receiving numerous reports of his exemplary performance from students, faculty, administrators and parents.
Solomon will be recognized as NASRO’s SRO of the year on July 14 in Orlando, Florida – the first day of NASRO’s National Conference.
“Maine’s schools are safe places, in great part to the important work of School Resource Officers like Deputy Solomon,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen. “In both presence and practice, these officers are upholding the security of our schools while ensuring they are welcoming community centers that foster student learning, family engagement and educator effectiveness. I want to thank Deputy Solomon for his commitment to protecting our students and educators, and to being such a positive role model in the lives of kids in RSU 57.”
SRO programs across the nation are collaborative efforts by police agencies, law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and communities. The goal of NASRO and SRO programs is to provide safe learning environments in our nation’s schools, provide valuable resources to school staff, foster a positive relationship with our nation’s youth and develop strategies to resolve problems affecting our youth with the goal of protecting every child so they can reach their fullest potential.