Meet the School Resource Officers that will be keeping your kids safe this school year.
Officer Rigo Quintanilla
Year hired by Dublin Police: I was hired in 2012
Years serves as a School Resource Officer: This is my 5th year as an SRO. I have covered Albert Chapman Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Olde Sawmill Elementary.
Interesting fact or favorite thing you like to do outside of work: I enjoy spending lots of time with my family.
Why do you like being an SRO: I really like creating positive connections with students.
Why is being an SRO so important: Ensuring that there is a safe learning environment is most important.
Officer Eric Cochrun
Year Hired by Dublin Police: 2003
Years served as an School Resource Officer: First year
Interesting fact or favorite thing you like to do outside of work: In the winter I enjoy ice climbing frozen waterfalls.
Why do you like being an SRO: I enjoy the interaction with the kids and getting to know them as individuals. I also enjoy teaching.
Why is being an SRO so important: The SRO at the middle school level fosters positive interactions between the kids and police officers. I believe it makes the kids feel safe while at school and enables them to focus on learning.
Officer Brian Nimmo
Year hired by Dublin Police: I was hired in 1995.
Years served as an School Resource Officer: I have served more than 15 years as the SRO at Scioto HS.
Interesting fact or favorite thing you like to do outside of work: In my off time I like to be in the outdoors. Hunting, fishing and riding ATV’s.
Why do you like being an SRO: Best thing about being SRO are the kids.
Why is being an SRO so important: It is important because kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe.
Officer Kathy Evans
Year hired by Dublin Police: I was hired by the Dublin Police Department in 1995 as a Communications Technician and worked in our radio room for 6 years. I was hired as a police officer in 2001. In 2004, I got the position of School Resource Officer.
Years Serves as an School Resource Officer: This is my 15th year as an SRO. My first position was at Sells Middle School. I currently work at Karrer Middle School. Over the years I’ve also covered Indian Run, Thomas, Wright, Bailey, Scottish Corners and Wyandot Elementary Schools.
Interesting fact or favorite thing you like to do outside of work: I love playing and watching sports. I have a number of hobbies which include fishing, boating, crafting, reading and travel.
Why do you like being an SRO: Being an SRO allows me the opportunity to really impact the community in a positive way. I have the ability to develop a positive relationship with hundreds of students everyday by interacting with them in the hallways, lunch rooms, classrooms and extracurricular activities. This opens the door of communication not only with the student but their parents as well. Parents see and hear about the officer through their child and the schools which helps bridge a connection between police and community.
Why is being an SRO so important: Having SRO’s in our schools not only benefits the school in crime prevention and safety but helps build and maintain that partnership between police and community. From elementary aged students through high school graduation and beyond, these kids have a positive police role model who is there to support them and be a resource and mentor.
Officer Bryan McClain
Year hired by Dublin Police: 2004
Years Serves as an School Resource Officer: Four years as an SRO at Coffman High School
Interesting fact or favorite thing you like to do outside of work: I was the state champion in Michigan for Judo in 2001 and qualified for Olympic Trials.
Why do you like being an SRO: I like being an SRO because I see all of the amazing things the students are capable of; perfect SAT/ACT’s, amazing plays, top notch athletics, a spectacular band, and young men/women helping their community and others.
Why is being an SRO so important: It is important, first and foremost, for their security so they all can reach their potential. A close second is our ability to interact with the students to show them what law enforcement does, provide a role model for those that need it, help to correct behaviors before they are lost, and educate students on bullying, drugs, distracted driving, OVI, self-defense, search and seizure, etc.
Officer Paul Burks
Year hired by Dublin Police: 2000
Years Serves as an School Resource Officer: I have been a SRO for the past three years. This is my first year at Jerome High School, but I have also been an SRO at Grizzell MS, Deer Run Elementary, Eli Pinney Elementary and Glacier Ridge Elementary.
Interesting fact: I have worked as a police officer in 3 different states and have a total 27 years of service.
Favorite Thing to do outside work: Coach. I coached my son’s recreational league basketball team for 4 years and won 3 championships. I was also an assistant tennis coach at my daughters high school.
Why do you like being an SRO: I get to have fun and build relationships while interacting with students, faculty, and parents.
Why is being an SRO important: SRO’s work with School Administrators and Faculty to ensure a safe environment for children to learn and grow. We are also able to interact with children and adults in a setting that does not involve a dispute of conflict. There are usually many questions that children as well as adults have of officers, but cannot ask due to access. Being an SRO provides that access, which then gives the SRO the ability to educate the students and public on different topics pertaining to his/her job.