LPS Heroes Recognition Series No. 14

At their regularly scheduled meeting on October 14, 2021, the Board of Education continued to honor and recognize staff in LPS buildings who go the extra mile for students, families, and the community. They had the privilege of thanking our school resource officers, more commonly referred to as SROs, as well as two members of the LPS security team. 

Since March of 2020, each school resource officer has offered a whole new level of support and service for students, staff, and community members. When students were moved to full-time remote learning, the SROs were moved back to patrol. They were working shifts around the clock, but this did not stop them from serving LPS students. When the lockdown occurred, the SROs delivered essential items to students and families, such as Chromebooks, mobile hotspots, and school supplies. Additionally, while they were on patrol, SROs prioritized student-related calls for service and initiated welfare checks for all Safe2Tells and Bark alerts. These SROs continue to be pivotal members of our school district by acting as instructors, confidants, informal counselors, and law enforcement officers. LPS is so grateful for their partnership and presence in schools, and we truly value their outstanding service to students!

From the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, thank you to Sergeant Matt Cleveland and Deputies John Gray, Rick Redmond, Dan Tipton, James Englert, and Travis Jones.

From the Littleton Police Department, thank you to Corporal Jim Hanna and Officers Jason Gallardo, Josh Beals, Tim Fisher, Austin Rodriguez, and James Fountain.

Along with the outstanding work of our SROs, the Board recognized two members of our LPS Security department. Jen Banks and Bill Cornforth continue to provide uninterrupted physical security expertise, installation, and maintenance for the district’s Security Operations Center and unified security system. Due to Covid-19 mandates and regulations, additional security measures and components were needed in order to ensure contact tracing and social distancing were possible. Jen and Bill updated the unified security system to ensure new time schedules were implemented, new card readers were installed, camera views were adjusted, and additional cameras were installed to provide supplemental coverage of vulnerable areas. Without their expertise and assistance, we would not have been able to seamlessly continue operating the district’s Security Operations Center and adapt to the ever-changing requirements of these unprecedented times. Thank you, Bill and Jen, for your ongoing dedication and hard work ensuring the effective operation of such an important part of LPS’s safety.