Officer W.M. Hunt joined the Greensboro Police Department on April 16, 2007. Prior to becoming involved in the school resource program, she served as a patrol officer for the city's Eastern District.
As an SRO, Hunt takes on many roles. She says the most important are building positive rapport with the students by encouraging them to stay out of trouble and focusing on their academic achievements, providing students and faculty with a sense of security, deterring crimes from occurring on campus, and being a strong role model to the students.
The most appealing part of being a SRO is working with children, Hunt says, adding that her greatest passion in life is helping others, so being able to help children is invaluable. "I enjoy building healthy relationships with all of my students. Most students have negative perceptions of police officers due to their environments and their parents' past experiences, which may have been negative," she notes. "I take pride in seeing these students change their opinions of police officers."
Hunt's word of advice to students: Trouble is easy to get into, but hard to get yourself out of, so consider the consequences of your actions before you do something that could affect the rest of your life.