- Cpl. Michael Creason has been selected as the state's top school resource officer, according to a news release from the Bluffton Police Department.
The resource officer at H.E. McCracken Middle School, Creason received the first Eric Bamberg School Resource Officer of the Year award, which goes to the top resource officer in the state for excellence in school-based policing and safety, the release said.
Creason also was selected as the 2010-2011 Region 4 Lower State School Resource Officer of the Year.
He has been the officer at H.E. McCracken for three years, working with students, parents, school administrators and neighboring law enforcement agencies to create a safer environment at the school and surrounding community, the release said. He also serves as a mentor to fellow Bluffton police officers and has created a bicycle-registration program that helps track stolen and missing bikes.
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Creason was presented the Bamberg award Thursday by the South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.
"Cpl. Creason is not only a police figure to the students of H.E. McCracken, he is also a mentor," Police Chief David McAllister said. "It takes a special person to be able to do the things Cpl. Creason does on a daily basis."
Beaufort County schools superintendent Valerie Truesdale also praised Creason.
"Officer Creason is an SRO who demonstrates his dedication, leadership and good judgment on a daily basis," she said in the release. "His ability to resolve problems quickly and to communicate with people across a wide spectrum makes him a valuable asset to H.E. McCracken Middle School."