By Mark Ambrogi
Carmel Clay Schools Resource Officer D.J. Schoeff sees great benefit in being an active member of the National Association of School Resource Officers.
“We’ve found a tremendous amount of value from each conference we’ve attended back to the school district,” said Schoeff, a Carmel police officer for 12 years and resource officer for eight years. “We’ve implemented many different things to benefit school safety, to benefit our presentations skills with students and all sorts of things.”
In 2012, Schoeff, 41, was appointed as a NASRO region director overseeing five states. Schoeff was elected as the second vice president and began the term July 15. It’s a progressive office. He will spend two years as executive vice president, two years as first vice president and two years as the president. He will become president in 2020.
Schoeff attended the NASRO conference in Anaheim from July 10 to 15.
Collaboration with different members across the world is one of NASRO’s most important facets, Schoeff said.
“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Schoeff said. “We want to be able to learn from other people and share what we have learned with other people. Our involvement has been very beneficial. What we found was, in Carmel, we were leading the way in a lot of different things. In 2012, we were awarded the model agency award through NASRO. We recognized we had a lot to offer.”
Schoeff said NASRO works on a triad concept.
“We’re a police presence; we respond to crime,” Schoeff said. “There is a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff on the law-enforcement side with emergency operations plans, after-school event security, drills and practice when it comes to lockdowns, fire drills or whatever it may be.”
The second part of the triad is a guest speaker.
“We’re spending time in the classrooms where we’ll present on a variety of different topics –
social media, driving habits, drugs and alcohol, communication and responsibility,” Schoeff said.
The third part is the mentor role.
“We don’t get involved in the school discipline aspect,” Schoeff said, “but we just might be able to act as a mentor in that situation. ‘What did you do wrong? How could you have handled it better?’ The ultimate goal is we want to help the youth in our community be successful.”