The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) presented awards yesterday during its annual School Safety Conference, honoring Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan with the Chief Nicholas C. Derzis Safe Schools Leadership Award.

The Safe Schools Leadership Award is presented to individuals who are willing to support and further develop the SRO partnership and who exemplify leadership, innovation, dedication and proactive measures to enhance the safety of the school community.

In 1997, Chief Sheridan was the first police chief in the Baltimore-Washington region to implement a School Resource Officer program. Under the Chief’s guidance, Baltimore County has one the largest and most successful SRO Programs in the country.  In 2004 the Baltimore County SRO Program received NASRO’s Model Agency Award.

Also recognized at the ceremony were Officer Timothy Fiedler and Officer Gregory Suber as 2017 recipients of the Regional Exceptional Service Award. The Exceptional Service Award is presented to individuals who exemplify continuous and sustained service to the school community. These individuals go above and beyond what is expected of an SRO or school staff member.

Officer Fiedler has served Towson High School for nearly 15 years.

Principal Charlene DiMino writes:
"Officer Fiedler has an 'open door' policy with regards to student seeking his assistance. He has been approached by students with information regarding crimes, individuals seeking assistance with personal matters, and student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. With every request, Officer Fiedler gives freely of his time and always offers students the option of follow up meetings."

Officer Suber has been a police officer for more than 25 years and has always been committed to our youth.
Student David Hutch writes:

"Officer Suber is very supportive at Loch Raven Academy. No matter what path you choose for high school or athletics you know Officer Suber will be right there next to you. In times of doubt Officer Suber can’t let you fall because he wants what’s best for you, and wants to see you grow as a scholar, athlete and a person. You can trust that he won’t let you go down the wrong path. Through inspiration Officer Suber will be there for you. He is a mentor at Loch Raven Academy and helps keep us focused."


NASRO is a nonprofit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security and safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO is located in Hoover, Alabama, and it was established in 1991.