The Cherry Creek School District Board of Education honored more than 30 police officers from four different departments during its regular meeting Dec. 8.
Board members formally honored School Resource Officers (SROs) from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, the Aurora Police department, the Cherry Hills Village Police department and the Greenwood Village Police department during the meeting held at Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School in Aurora. Officers received plaques for their work in the district, which sees a constant presence at schools across 108 square miles.
SROs provide security at elementary, middle and high schools across Cherry Creek, but they also offer valuable mentorship for students of all ages. During the board ceremony, Associate Superintendent Scott Siegfried spoke to the officers' roles as role models.
"Our SROs interact with students every day," Siegfried said. "They offer an incredible example for our students."
The work of the SROs aligns with the district's effort to create a standard response protocol. Cherry Creek officials have worked closely with representatives from the five law enforcement agencies that represent the 108 miles of Cherry Creek. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, along with police departments from Aurora, Greenwood Village, Glendale and Cherry Hills had a direct role in developing the district's safety policy. That work came along with communication with departments in Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan, as well as the Colorado State Patrol. Several fire departments also had a hand in shaping a coordinated security policy.
The presence of SROs in buildings across the district is an immediate and personalized component of that policy.
"We're very fortunate to have some great partners with us," Siegfried said. "We agree to agree … Working with you and getting to know every single one of you, I know that you put every single ounce of yourself into the job. I appreciate that."