The 30-member School Resource Deputy Unit of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has been honored by the Florida Association of School Resource Officers, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"I am proud to say that the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has been named Agency of the Year by the association because of the fine work of the School Resource Deputy Unit," Sheriff Mascara said.
"The award is presented annually to an agency that has made a significant contribution to the development of the School Resource officer profession. This award is to recognize an agency that has made an impact in training, professional development and organizational efficiency in order to make schools in their community a safer place," said Sheriff Mascara.
The Unit is led by Lt. Kevin Dietrich and Sergeants Chris Cicio and Jamie Wills. It was created in 1985. The School Resource Deputy Unit sponsors a number of proactive programs including student Crime Watch. School Resource Deputies participate in countless school activities in partnership with school students, administrators, teachers and staff members.