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2017 SRO of the Year
2017 SRO of the Year
Posted on 11/14/2017
Dep. Wesley Anders says his job is all about connecting with the children he protects and serves.Dep. Wesley Anders says his job is all about connecting with the children he protects and serves.

“I’m not just a police officer in the school,” he said. “I’m someone they can come to, who teaches them and becomes a mentor to them.”

Anders, who serves the elementary and middle grades in the Roberson District, was named School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year this summer by the North Carolina Association of School Resource Officers. He was recognized at this summer’s state convention and at the Nov. 9 Buncombe County Board of Education meeting.

Deputy Anders hugs first-graders at Avery's Creek Elementary School on Nov. 14, 2017.“The SRO’s main job is to build positive relationships with kids,” Buncombe County Schools SRO supervisor Lt. Mike Ruby said at the school board meeting. “He’s the epitome of that. I’d like to send every school resource officer we get to Wes so he could teach them exactly how you do that.”

Anders wants students to know that they can lean on him when they have problems at home or at school. He helps with homework, coaches basketball at Valley Springs Middle School, and gives passionate presentations about cyberbullying and Internet safety. He and other SROs are working to build an Internet safety curriculum for our schools. Anders also organized a fundraising drive last year for a student who was battling leukemia.

Any one of the 22 resource officers in our school system would have done that,” Anders said. “We believe that when you see a need, you fill a need. That’s kind of our motto. We want to help.”

SROs like Anders help BCS attain our board-defined purpose: To provide safe and engaging learning environments that prepare students for their tomorrow.

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