HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — The first day of classes in the Henry County school district kicked off Headland police’s new SRO program.
For Officer Bethany Hicks, being a school resource officer at Headland Middle School is not a job but a true calling. She said the 6th-9th graders are at an impressionable age so she provides security.
Hicks serves as a mentor for students who don’t always have a positive adult role model in the home.
“A lot of these kids know that I am here not only to keep out the bad guy, but they can come and talk about any problem and talk to me,” Hicks said.
Linda Saffold, Headland’s Middle School Principal, said Officer Hicks acts as a front line deterrent to anyone who may want to harm either a student or faculty member.