Officer V.H. Sanchez came to the Greensboro Police Department on March 1, 2002 as a patrol officer and now proudly serves as a School Resource Officer.
Sanchez says being an SRO is unlike other assignments in the department because it gives you the "time and consistency to be able to provide motivation and mentoring" to students. "I have been able to see some of my middle school students go on to college and become successful because of the mentoring the teachers and I had with them at a young age," he says. "I have had college students come back and either thank me or want advice on their next big problem. I don't think you can get better job gratification than that."
Sanchez says he is particularly encouraged by the difference he is making in the Hispanic community. He shows by example what can be achieved by hard work. In 2010, he was awarded the Life Saving Medal for saving a child who was choking and in 2011, he was given the Superior Service Bar for arresting a man who was found trespassing in a school classroom.
In order to raise ideal citizens and prevent crimes, Sanchez says it takes parent involvement. He suggests parents work with the school system toward the common goal of raising productive residents of our community. "The effort it takes will pay off in the long run," he adds.