Allison Griffith was sworn in just lately as Locust Elementary Faculty’s latest faculty useful resource officer.
Griffith, 22, is a Stanly native who acquired her affiliate in felony justice diploma at Stanly Neighborhood Faculty.
“It’s onerous carrying inexperienced, I’m not going to lie,” the South Stanly Excessive Faculty graduate joked about working within the West Stanly space.
Earlier than becoming a member of the Locust Police Division, she had served for greater than a 12 months as a deputy with the Stanly County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“It’s plenty of downsizing,” she mentioned about her new place. “It was a little bit of a transition, but it surely was a superb transition.
She changed Brittany Tucker, who’s now a Locust Police detective.
“I used to be very excited and happy to be working with kids,” she mentioned, including that they “maintain a particular place in my coronary heart.”
For Griffith, working in legislation enforcement is a household affair — her husband Hunter can also be an officer with the Locust Police whereas her father, Jerry Whitley, is a sergeant with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Locust Police Chief Jeffrey Shew has been impressed along with his new officer.
“Allison has already confirmed herself to be an excellent rent for our division and I imagine she is going to set up herself as among the best if not the very best faculty useful resource officer in your entire county,” he mentioned. “She’s extraordinarily clever, considerate and well mannered, with an incredible optimistic perspective and work ethic.”
Shew mentioned that when the division discovered that turning into an SRO was Griffith’s profession purpose, they rapidly reached out to her about taking the place.
“It simply couldn’t have been a greater match for her and our division,” he mentioned.
Her important priorities are ensuring all the scholars and employees are secure. She makes her rounds by the varsity a number of occasions per day, additionally ensuring all doorways and gates are correctly secured.
“I take my obligations very severely,” she mentioned.
With college students again in class 4 days per week, Griffith says the very best a part of the job is just interacting and attending to know them. She particularly likes partaking with college students throughout P.E. and recess. Throughout her first week introducing herself to all the lecture rooms, she acquired a number of hugs from the children (all whereas being correctly masked).
“I’m an enormous child myself so it’s straightforward,” she mentioned about attending to know the scholars.
And the varsity has appreciated all of her work to date.
“From serving to our automotive rider line within the mornings, to strolling our faculty and serving to college students, she has completed an amazing job,” mentioned Principal Devron Furr. “She has already solid relationships with college students, mother and father and employees. Officer Griffith is all the time keen to step in the place attainable to assist our employees and college students.”
He added: “We’re very fortunate to have her with us at Locust Elementary.”