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Welch to be honored by NASRO for support of School Resource Officers in District 13

Thursday August 5, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be among 16 people honored by the National Association of School Resource Officers on Friday for her work with two schools and Louisville Metro Police.

“I am honored to be recognized by this outstanding group of dedicated law enforcement officials,” says Welch. “School resources officers have gone a long way in not only helping children respect the law but in stopping potential violence and crime in our schools.”

For the last three years, Welch has partnered with two school resource officers: John Daniels at Fairdale High School and Pete Pastin at Lassiter Middle School. She has worked closely with both officers and believes it has been an opportunity for sharing and learning a valued aspect of law enforcement

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” says Welch. “This adage works right along the same lines by having a positive impact on our school-age children to prevent them from getting into trouble. For many children, the School resource officer is their first encounter with law enforcement.”

On Friday morning, Welch will join 15 others from across the nation to receive the “Presidential Citation from NASRO 2010 for Loyalty, Dedication and Support of our LMPD School Safety Officers”.

There are 750 officers from around the nation this week at the Galt House East attending the 20th Annual NASRO Conference and learning about Crime Prevention in the School Environment including gangsterism, cyberbullying, drug trends, sexting exposed, legal updates and grant writing.

“These officers are ahead of the curve when it comes to problems that affect our children in school,” says Welch. “While I appreciate this honor, I and all of us should thank these dedicated men and women who have decided to help our schools and our children.”

The awards program will occur Friday morning, August 6th at 8:45am. For more information, contact Councilwoman Welch’s office at 574-1113. To learn more about the NASRO.

Sponsor:
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13