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Monroe Middle School Resource Officer chosen as SRO of Year

Union County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis recognizes Monroe Middle School Resource Officer (SRO) Monique Holt with the Monroe Police Department for being chosen the 2014 UCPS SRO of the Year. (Below) Holt is pictured with the three finalists; from left, Ellis; Deputy Yohance Yususf Prince (Forest Hills High); Holt; and Deputy A.J. Wallace (Sun Valley High School). (Bottom photo) Ellis is pictured with all six SROs nominated for the award. From left, Ellis; Union County Sheriff’s Deputies Yohance Yususf Prince (Forest Hills High) and Conley Jackson Bordeaux II (Weddington High School); Monroe Police Officers Monique Holt (Monroe Middle School) and Shawn Parler (Central Academy of Technology and Arts); and Union County Sheriff’s Deputies McKensie Lorenz (Cuthbertson Middle School); and A.J. Wallace (Sun Valley High School).

Monroe Middle School Resource Officer Monique Holt has been chosen as the 2014 SRO of the Year.

The announcement was made Monday (May 12, 2014) during a ceremony held at the UCPS Professional Development Center in Monroe.

Holt thanked Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard and the Monroe Police Department for their support of the SRO program.

“I want to also thank my fellow officers in brown,” she said, referring to Union County Sheriff’s Deputies. “I love the family that we have when we put two agencies together. I want to thank the Union County Board of Education and (Monroe Middle Principal) Dr. Mike Harvey for their support. I greatly appreciate this award.”

Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said he was proud of Holt for her work at Monroe Middle School, noting her work with the D.A.R.E and G.R.E.A.T programs, and the Red Cross Club that she started.

“You’ve stepped up. You started a Red Cross Club this year. You found a group of underprivileged kids going through a lot of challenges in their lifetime. You saw that these girls were hurting and they needed a little extra boost in life,” Gilliard said. “You just keep doing what you’re doing. I appreciate all the hard work that you’ve done. Dr. Harvey and the people at Monroe Middle are lucky to have you.”

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis thanked all the SROs in the room for their work in keeping UCPS staff and students safe. “You do this for the children because it’s the right thing to do, and you do this whether you’re in uniform or not in uniform.” 

Six SROs were nominated for the award, two Monroe Police Officers and four Union County Sheriff’s Deputies. Union County Sheriff’s Lt. William Thompson and Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard spoke about the six nominees prior to the winner being announced.

The nominees were: Union County Sheriff’s Deputies Conley Jackson Bordeaux II (Weddington High School); McKensie Lorenz (Cuthbertson Middle School); Yohance Yususf Prince (Forest Hills High) and A.J. Wallace (Sun Valley High School); Monroe Police Officers Monique Holt (Monroe Middle School); and Shawn Parler (Central Academy of Technology and Arts).

Police Chief Gilliard said he admired the bond between all SROs, no matter the uniform. “It doesn’t matter if you wear a blue uniform or a brown uniform,” he said. “You’re all one. That’s the beautiful thing about SROs.”

The SRO of the Year is based on points accumulated through a credentialing process and interviews. There are two different panels of judges who are part of the process. The selection process narrowed the number of nominees down to three: Holt, Prince and Wallace.

Officer Holt will now compete for the North Carolina School Resource Officer of the Year title, to be chosen this summer.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 14, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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