SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
The Peoria Unified School District has long-standing relationships with the City of Glendale and City of Peoria police departments to ensure the safety procedures we have in place are met with their approval and expertise. We are also proud to partner with both of these police departments to provide School Resource Officers on all seven high school campuses. In addition to the security their presence provides, these SROs establish relationships at their respective feeder elementary schools, serve as mentors, role models and often counselors, to parents, students and staff.
Watch Peoria Unified Chief Communications Officer Danielle Airey discuss the partnership between the Peoria Police Department and the district with Police Chief Art Miller
Officer Maurice Cunningham, Raymond S. Kellis High School
Officer Maurice Cunningham is originally from Kansas City and joined Raymond S. Kellis High School at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Prior to working for the City of Glendale, Officer Cunningham worked for the Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer for four years. Officer Cunningham has been a member of the Glendale Police Department for over 13 years. He has spent six years in patrol and two years as a School Resource Officer for Apollo High School. Officer Cunningham has background in coaching for over nine years with most of his experience in coaching youth football.
Officer Ryan Enos, Cactus High School
Officer Ryan Enos is a native of Arizona and attended K-12 in the Peoria Unified School District. Upon completion of high school, Officer Enos started his employment with the City of Glendale’s Parks and Recreation Department, working with the youth in summer programs and year-round sports. Officer Enos has worked for the Glendale Police Department for nearly eight years. During his tenure as an officer, he has volunteered as a youth sports coach and assisted in educating children in several schools throughout the Peoria Unified School District, both at the elementary and high school level. Officer Enos joined Cactus High School as the School Resource Officer in 2013-14, the very high school he graduated from in 2002.
OFFICER DAVID FERNANDEZ, CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Officer David Fernandez has been with the Peoria Police Department since March 2004 and has served as an SRO at Centennial High School since August 2011. In 2016, Officer Fernandez received the Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) for his contributions to the school and community.
OFFICER LISA HALE, LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
Officer Lisa Hale joined Liberty High School as the SRO on January 7, 2013. Officer Hale has been with the Peoria Police Department just over three years. Prior to becoming a police officer, she was a former teacher in the Paradise Valley School District for nearly 15 years.
Officer Gerald Sydnor, Ironwood High School
Officer Gerald Sydnor joined Ironwood High School as the School Resource Officer in the 2013-14 school year and is a graduate of Deer Valley High School. Officer Sydnor previously worked for the Sands Boys and Girls Club and spent four and a half years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Officer Sydnor is a 17 year veteran of the Glendale Police Department and has served as a Background Investigator, Recruiter, Explorer Coordinator, Public Information Officer, Dignitary Protection Detail Member, School Resource Officer and he has an extensive background working with young people.