City of Loveland recognizes Master School Resource Officer Fred Barnes
Plaque in hand, Loveland City Police Chief Tim Sabransky stood before the members of the Loveland City Council Tuesday, Aug. 25, to make a special presentation. The designation was for a Master School Resource Officer, and the recipient was Loveland Police Officer Fred Barnes, who has served Loveland City School District students in the capacity of school resource officer (SRO) the past 13 years.
“It was an honor to be a part of the formal ceremony recognizing the work of Officer Fred Barnes,” said Loveland Superintendent Chad Hilliker, who also addressed City Council, thanking the members for the city’s continued support of the SRO position. “Officer Barnes is a valued member of our Tiger Family, and he deserves this prestigious recognition. We appreciate all he does to help keep our students safe.”
In February, the Ohio School Resource Officer Association (OSROA) recognized Officer Barnes as a Master SRO. The OSROA Board of Directors and Membership started the recognition/accreditation program for SRO’s to recognize years of service in the SRO field and the school-based law enforcement training received at OSROA Annual Conferences.
In 2002, Officer Barnes was chosen out of more than 600 school resource officers for the prestigious award of School Resource Officer of the Year presented by the Ohio School Resource Officer Association. Officer Barnes presents programs to students on such topics as stranger danger, bullying, alcohol and drug use and the dangers of social media. He “teaches” the teachers about school safety and is a certified A.L.I.C.E instructor. He is active on the school safety committees and is the liaison between the Loveland City School District and the Police Division.
Photo caption (L to R): Loveland Superintendent Chad Hilliker, Officer Fred Barnes and Loveland Police Chief Tim Sabransky at the Tuesday, Aug. 25, Loveland City Council Meeting