The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) today announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Wren Solutions School Resource Officer (SRO) Scholarship Award. The award is part of a $10,000 donation that Wren, providers of physical security solutions that create safe learning environments, pledged over a four year time period. The annual scholarship, now in its second year, was created to help SROs further their education, thereby bringing even more expertise and security strategies to protect the schools they serve. Last year’s winner, Deputy First Class Elizabeth Harper of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, discusses her experience and encourages SROs to apply for the new awards program in a guest posting on Wren’s Network Video + Education blog.
The deadline for all nominations is April 9, 2010. This new winner will be announced at NASRO’s 20th Annual National Conference to be held August 2 through 6, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. The award will be offered and administered through NASRO.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be a current member of NASRO and enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field deemed appropriate by the NASRO Scholarship Committee such as business, public administration or psychology. At the time of applying, candidates must be a sworn law enforcement officer.
“Since the scholarship program was put in place last year, it has achieved its goal of recognizing SROs who take proactive leadership roles in their organization and want to pursue an education to further that goal. Our 2009 winner, Elizabeth Harper, was an outstanding candidate and continues to serve her community as an officer while also balancing a challenging study schedule,” said Dick Caster, executive director of NASRO. “With the scholarship this year, Wren and NASRO hope to once again offer the most committed SROs with the same opportunity: to advance their education and career, in turn bringing new ideas and expertise to school security and protection.”
In selecting the award winner, the nomination committee will consider each applicant’s contributions to their SRO program, agency, NASRO or the community. Applicants are also asked to address how they utilized technology to enhance the safety and security of people, property and information.
“If you’re an SRO and you’re in college or thinking about going back for your degree, or you know someone in that position, I’d definitely encourage you to take the time to apply. I’d give you the same advice my supervisor gave me: ‘You work hard and you’re worth it! You have to give it a try to at least have a shot,’” said Harper, on winning the award last year.
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is a not-for-profit organization for school based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff and the schools they attend. The true and tested strength in the School Resource Officer program is that it is much more than a curriculum. The SRO Concept can easily be adapted to the needs of ANY community desiring safe schools and effective community partnerships. For more information about NASRO, please visit the association web site at www.nasro.org.
Wren specializes in physical security technologies and services for retail, education, hospitality, healthcare and government facilities. The company’s solutions, including enterprise-class video management software, access control systems, security assessments, surveillance cameras and hardware, and professional services, enable organizations to protect people, assets and facilities, while empowering them with operational insights for better performance. Wren is established in 1983 and headquartered in Jefferson City, MO. Wren is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO), and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Visit us at our website www.wrensolutions.com.