Henry promoted to lieutenant for School Resource Officer unit

Posted 8/13/17

Russ Henry has been selected as the new lieutenant in the School Resource Officer unit, according to Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson.

Last week Lt. Julie Quinn, who supervised the specialized …

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Henry promoted to lieutenant for School Resource Officer unit

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Russ Henry has been selected as the new lieutenant in the School Resource Officer unit, according to Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson.

Last week Lt. Julie Quinn, who supervised the specialized unit, was named director of P.O.S.T. Training and left the position vacant.

Henry has held the ranks of S.R.O., field training officer, and sergeant within the specialized unit before being promoted to lieutenant in the Judicial Services Division.

An immense number of certifications related to his new assignment as the School Resource Officer’s lieutenant have been successfully completed such as:

• D.A.R.E. certification

• Tennessee School Resource Officer Association Conference

• Basic supervision

• Essentials for School Resource Officers

• F.E.M.A. Incident Command System School

• S.R.O. Critical Skills

• Gang School

• Basic Gang Investigation and

• Anti-Gang Crime Prevention.

While in college, Henry started his law-enforcement career with the Bradley County Sheriff Office’s Explorer Program. In 1993 Henry was hired as a correctional officer and then transitioned into the Patrol Division as patrol deputy upon completing the state mandated law enforcement academy.

The sheriff’s office S.R.O. Program is composed of 17 deputy sheriffs who are specially selected, and allows for deputies to be on every school campus within the Bradley County School system during the academic school year. By working closely with the students, S.R.O.s are able to build a rapport with them and are approachable to become a resource for questions and advice. Additionally, S.R.O.s work with teachers, parents, and other school faculty to share responsibilities of crafting solutions to problems that arise.

In 2014, Sheriff Watson implemented the D.A.R.E. Program in every elementary school which is taught to fifth- graders before transitioning to middle school. The program’s focus is making students aware of the effects of illegal drug use and the benefits of making responsible decisions. Henry successfully raised funds to create the sheriff’s office first D.A.R.E. vehicles, and also organized a celebratory program that announced the return of the D.A.R.E. program in Bradley County Schools.

Sheriff Watson stated, “Lt. Henry’s knowledge as a S.R.O., as well as his strong leadership, will ensure our agency’s School Resource Officer Program continues to provide a safe learning environment for Bradley County students. Furthermore, Henry will continue to expand our S.R.O.’s involvement with Bradley County Schools to promote positive interactions with students.”

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