Deputy Doug Hale was named Deputy of the Year by Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones on July 18.
Hale was recognized for his years of service and outstanding performance, according to a press release from the Butler County school district.
Hale will begin his 24th year as a school resource officer (SRO) at Lakota Schools in August. In addition to his role at Lakota East High School, Hale serves on the district’s school safety committee. He is also a supervisor and mentor to school resource officers throughout Butler County and a Southwest Regional SRO Representative, according to the school district.
Additionally, Hale is a founding member of the Ohio School Resource Officer Association and was named School Resource Officer of the Year by the organization in 2001.
“Deputy Hale is an integral part of our safety team,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller in a statement. “His wealth of knowledge and experience is an asset to our district.”
Hale is the lead school resource officer at Lakota East High School.
“Deputy Hale excels at creating meaningful relationships with students, staff, parents and community members to foster a culture of respect and comfort,” said Principal Suzanna Davis in a statement. “On behalf of the the team at Lakota East, we congratulate Doug on being named the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year.”