Central SRO John Harpster Awarded Arizona SRO of the Year

Posted by Community Relations Office on 8/8/2013

School Resource Officer John Harpster is one of two 2013 Arizona SROs of the Year, recognized by the Arizona Association of School Resource Officers.  He was nominated by Principal Chris Jones, and received the award in June at the Arizona Association of School Resource Officers annual conference.  Harpster and an SRO from Dysart High School were recipients of the award.   The Phoenix Police Department was also recognized as the AASRO Department of the Year.  Harpster has been an SRO for eight years, working at Central and at Metro Tech.

The SRO of the Year award is given to officers who exhibit the qualities and goals of the School Resource Officer position. Through the “Triad” approach to school policing (teaching, counseling, policing), the SRO attempts to bridge the gap that exists between police and the youth of today, teach law-related education to deepen their understanding of civic responsibility, and to develop their respect for the justice system.