School Resource Officers Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

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At the November board of education meeting, Sheriff Randy Bounds provided an update on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. He began his remarks by thanking the school board members, the Caroline County Commissioners, Superintendent Patricia Saelens, and Assistant Superintendent Milton Nagel for their leadership in helping to bring the program to its current status of an SRO on every Caroline school campus.

Sheriff Bounds shared some facts about the eight SROs:

  • Collectively, they have 140 years of law enforcement experience.
  • They came from various locations and jobs to accept the SRO role – one from law enforcement in Pennsylvania, one from the Maryland National Guard unit, two from the Caroline Sheriff’s Office, and one from retirement. Three of the SROs have been deployed overseas with various branches of the U.S. military.
  • In addition to the role as SRO, all are now serving as Character Counts coaches in their respective schools.

Sheriff Bounds then introduced each of the SROs, all of whom were in attendance:

Cpl. Jacob (Jake) Andrew, North Caroline High School  – Cpl. Andrew grew up in Caroline County, graduated from Wesleyan Christian School, and served six years in the U.S. Air Force. He was with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years before becoming an SRO at NCHS in 2016.

Deputy Charmaine Bacorn, Denton Elementary School – Deputy Bacorn is a graduate of Annapolis High School. She worked for the Natural Resource Police and Annapolis City Police before becoming an Anne Arundel County Police officer where she ultimately served as an SRO.  After 23 years, she retired and worked as an instructional assistant for CCPS before becoming an SRO at Preston Elementary School. This year, she moved into the SRO position at Denton Elementary School.

Deputy First Class Charles Bealefeld, Federalsburg Elementary School – Deputy Bealefeld is a graduate of Chesapeake High School and the Community College of Baltimore. He worked for Baltimore City Police Department for 26 years which included being assigned to the Homicide Unit. Deputy Bealefeld then worked for the Annapolis Police Department, assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section. He retired this year, and accepted the position of SRO.

Deputy First Class Joseph Beans, Colonel Richardson Middle and High School campus – Deputy Beans is a graduate of South River High School in Annapolis and the District of Columbia Campus Police Academy. For five years, he worked for Georgetown University as a campus police officer, and then graduated from the Anne Arundel Community College Police Academy. Prior to becoming an SRO, he worked for an allied Eastern Shore Police Department.

Deputy Brent Beck, Ridgely Elementary School – Deputy Beck is a North Caroline High School graduate and served in the Maryland National Guard. His military service included a deployment to Afghanistan. He was a patrol officer with an allied police department before becoming an SRO.

Cpl. William (Billy) Bodner, Lockerman Middle School – Cpl. Bodner grew up in St. Mary’s County. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and two years with the Maryland State Police before joining the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department. He became an SRO at LMS in 2016.

Deputy First Class Rebecca Clark, Preston Elementary School – Deputy Clark grew up in Moscow, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Act 120 Municipal Police Academy. Over the course of her career, she worked for the Carbondale City Police, the Honesdale Borough Police, and the Forest City Police. Deputy Clark also has past SRO experience. She recently moved to Caroline to accept the SRO position.

Cpl. Andrew (Drew) Durham, Greensboro Elementary School – Cpl. Durham is a North Caroline High School graduate. He began his career as a 911 dispatcher before joining the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned to a Specialized Multi-jurisdictional Unit.

Sheriff Bounds stated, “Aside from the most obvious goal of protecting our schools, this investment will surely reap rewards in unexpected and immeasurable ways for years to come.  I encourage each of you to witness the interaction between the SROs and those they protect and you will have a keen sense of the basis for that prediction.”