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  • Camdenton SRO awarded statewide accolade

  • One Camdenton R-III School Resource Officer received a major surprise recently when he was named the statewide association's officer of the year.
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  • One Camdenton R-III School Resource Officer received a major surprise recently when he was named the statewide association's officer of the year.
    On June 25, Officer Christopher Williams attended a luncheon at the annual School Resource Officer’s Annual Conference and was surprised to see some familiar faces.
    "It totally was a surprise until I was walking in the room. My chief had contacted my family and my family was able to be there," Williams recalled. "When I saw my family, it was evident that something was up."
    Williams was chosen out of a pool of more than 400 candidates. He has been with the Camdenton Police Department and school district since 1997 and has served as a school resource officer ever since. He currently holds the rank of Police Officer IV, the highest rank possible.
    Williams is on the major case squad, multi jurisdictional investigative team and Sexual Assault Response Team. He has received nine letters of commendations and earned nine of 12 possible ribbons. In 2008, he received the Meritorious Service Award for the DocuDrama Program — a program that demonstrates the dangers of drinking and driving at schools. He has been selected for the employee of the quarter in 2009 and 2013. In 2013, he was nominated for employee of the year.
    Williams continues to play an active role in school safety and other programs including coordinating security at atheltic events, prom and graduation each year. He coordinates the DocuDrama and Operation Safe Teen. He has assisted with Junior Police Academy since 2010 and has been an instructor for the CSI program at LCTC since 2012. Most recently, he coordinated an active shooter training which brought school faculty and staff together with local law enforcement to practice and discuss what to do if an active shooter entered a school building.
    "When we reviewed the statistics for the school resource officers earlier this year, I noticed a drastic decrease in 2012 and 2013. Some areas [of crime and school discipline] were down 50 to 74 percent. It appeared to correlate with the installation of the surveillance cameras as part of the Secure Our Schools Grant. Officer Williams was extensively involved in the entire grant process," Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright said.
    Wright and Superintendent Tim Hadfield nominated Williams for the award.
    Williams describes winning the award as a 'great honor.'
    It is evident that he loves his job.
    "Working at the school, you get to see the kids at an age that you can actually made a difference and you can get to see the difference you have made in their lives," Williams added.
    Williams is originally from Tipton, Mo. and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks after college to pursue a career in law enforcement.

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