The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office school resource officer program received state-wide recognition after a deputy was named the Florida SRO of the year and the office named agency of the year.
This Florida Association of School Resource Officers recognition marks the second time in five years for the Sheriff's Office SRO program.
Liza Jackson Preparatory School SRO Deputy Cullen Coraine, the OCSO’s SRO of the Year for 2018, was selected as the state's top SRO. Coraine was chosen for his combination of tactical know-how, dedication to improved school safety enhancements, and incredible rapport with his students, teachers and parents, a Sheriff's Office press release said about the award.
The award also recognized his contributions in helping both homeless people and homeless animals.
“He’s a giver. He’s tactically sound. He’s a 15-year law enforcement veteran,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said in the press release.
Coraine is the SRO unit training instructor, which helped him earn the top spot in Florida SRO programs for 2019. With its high level of commitment to school safety in addition to its tradition of giving back to the community, the program’s exceptional level of service and dedication has made it stand out, the release said.
“Our SRO Unit is nationally and state-recognized leaders in school safety. People from across the country come for advice and help in setting up their own programs,” Ashley said in the release.
The culmination of Sheriff's Office state and national awards are as follows: 2012, Deputy Gary Venuti (now Lt.) – Florida SRO of the Year; 2014, Florida Agency of the Year; 2015, National Model Agency Award; 2017, Deputy Sonya Shepard – National Exceptional Service Award; 2017, Deputy Demeika McClendon – Florida SRO of the Year; 2019, Florida Agency of the Year; and 2019, Deputy Cullen Coraine – Florida SRO of the Year.