Saturday, July 2, 2011

McCracken's Creason named state's resource officer of the year

Congratulations to Cpl. Michael Creason of the Bluffton Police Department on being named South Carolina's School Resource Officer of the Year. Creason is SRO at H.E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, and had previously been named Region 4 Lower State SRO of the Year. The honor is given for "excellence in school-based policing and safety," according to a Bluffton Police Department press release.

A note in yesterday's Island Packet said of Creason:

He has been the officer at H.E. McCracken for three years, working with students, parents, school administrators and neighboring law enforcement agencies to create a safer environment at the school and surrounding community, the release said. He also serves as a mentor to fellow Bluffton police officers and has created a bicycle-registration program that helps track stolen and missing bikes.

Creason was presented the Bamberg award Thursday by the South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.

"Cpl. Creason is not only a police figure to the students of H.E. McCracken, he is also a mentor," Police Chief David McAllister said. "It takes a special person to be able to do the things Cpl. Creason does on a daily basis."

Thanks to Officer Creason and the other school resources officers serving South Carolina's public schools. Educators, children and their parents are appreciative of your service.

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