Fairfax County Public Schools recently named MPO Rudy Coffield the 2013 Distinguished School Resource Officer (SRO), according to a recent FCPS news release.
Coffield was assigned to Key Middle School in Springfield for the past five years, and is being recognized for building “powerful” relationships with teachers and students, said Principal Christopher Larrick.
“Teachers have commented about his ability to engage students in learning while providing open and honest information about safety in our community,” said Larrick, who cites recent conversations on how to avoid gangs and gang activity between Coffield and students.
Coffield also serves as the head coach for the girls' basketball team at Hayfield Secondary School and has his players visit Key Middle where the older girls serve as role models to the younger students. He also conducts a free basketball clinic for middle school girls every week and serves as a mentor to at-risk students at Key.
Finalists for the 2013 Distinguished School Resource Officer were Police Officer First Class Iva Robertson, Lee High School; MPO Michael Ferraris, Woodson High School; MPO Warren McGee, Frost Middle School; Police Officer First Class Joseph Plazio, West Springfield High School; and Police Officer First Class Darrell Estess, Oakton High School.
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