MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff Robert Cintron has been named the 2020 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year by his peers in the State of New York Juvenile Officers Association.
Cintron is assigned to the Sheriff’s Patrol Youth Division and is the SRO for the BOCES main campus in Liberty.
According to Brian Forte, the organization’s executive director, “The State of New York Police Juvenile Officers Association (S.N.Y.P.J.O.A.) was established in 1975 as an educational and training organization. Its membership is comprised of police juvenile officers, School Resource Officers and D.A.R.E. officers, school personnel, social and youth bureau workers, and other juvenile justice professionals. The S.N.Y.P.J.O.A. is a recognized leader in New York State for developing and implementing curriculum for the certification of police juvenile services with a special focus on crimes committed either by or against children.”
Retired Dutchess County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Robert Monaco spent years as an SRO and SRO instructor. He describes the SRO as being the law enforcement officer that is responsible for interacting with staff and students to facilitate a positive relationship. The officer performs a myriad of duties including law enforcement, law-related counselor, and instructor of programs such as drug awareness and constitutional law programming.
Sheriff Mike Schiff congratulated Deputy Cintron on his award and thanked him for his outstanding service to the people of Sullivan County.