Congrats are in order for Southlake Police Officer Anthony Pate who was recently honored as Carroll ISD’s 2022 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year.
The School Resource Program is a partnership between the City of Southlake and Carroll ISD that provides enhanced security to schools as well as making an impact using a variety of coaching and mentoring methods. The program started in 2005 with just three police officers and has now expanded to an officer placed at every school in CISD.
Officer Pate has been serving as an SRO for Dawson Middle School since 2018 and has over 14 years’ experience in law enforcement.
According to a statement from Carroll ISD, “Officer Pate is dedicated to our school and community. He is known for building meaningful relationships with students, teachers, parents, and all he serves.
Principals, teachers and administrators all say that he goes above and beyond his duties. Students do not view Officer Pate as “just” a police officer; they know he is someone they can go talk to about any topic or issue they are dealing with. There have been many instances where students have gone to him for concerns because they know he cares and will do anything to help.”
“It’s an honor to receive this award in this great school district. It makes my job a lot easier working with great teachers and administrators in this district,” said Officer Pate.
This is not the first time Officer Pate has received recognition for his work as an SRO, in 2021 he received the National Award of Valor from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).
When asked what he enjoys most about being an SRO, it was all about the students.
“My favorite part is interacting with students by giving them guidance, education on life choices and most importantly having a meaningful conversation with them,” he stated.
Learn more about the Southlake School Safety program by visiting our website.