Get to Know Dover Police’s School Resource Officers 8-19-14
With the help of a grant obtained by the Parkway Academy, the Dover Police Department has added another School Resource Officer (SRO) to their youth division, bringing the total number of officers in the unit to four. Learn more about the Dover Police Department’s Youth Division and the officers below:
Parkway Academy-Pfc. Terrence Knight
Patrolman First Class Terrence Knight will be assigned to the Parkway Academy, located in the Duncan Depot, as a full time officer for the school that is responsible for the education of 200 children. The Parkway Academy Central is an alternative discipline school that provides a comprehensive program of individualized educational, psychological and social services to youths who have been recommended for an alternative school placement.
Central Middle School-MCpl. Keith Hester
Master Corporal Keith Hester will once again patrol the halls of Central Middle School where he is well known as “Officer Keith.” Hester is an Enrique Camarena Award Winner for his efforts in youth outreach and drug/crime prevention in the schools.
Dover High School–Cpl. Demetrius Stevenson
Corporal Demetrius Stevenson’s location may change, but the school remains the same. Stevenson will once again be assigned to the Dover High School, tasked with patrolling the massive new high school on the west side of the city. Stevenson also aids in coaching several athletic programs, participates in extra-curricular activities with students, and has a unique way of connecting with a wide range of students that has led to his popularity among students.
Gang Resistance Education And Training-Cpl. Michael Konnick
Corporal Michael Konnick will once again return to William Henry Middle School, instructing sixth graders in the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.). G.R.E.A.T. is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families that focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. When not teaching, Cpl. Konnick will visit elementary schools in the City of Dover and handle school-related criminal complaints.