Thursday, October 05, 2006

Spotlight On: Detective Kenneth J. Martin, Hackensack Police SRO

Detective Kenneth J. Martin has been a Hackensack, New Jersey Police Officer for 21 years and assigned to the agency's juvenile unit as a school resource officer for 19 years.  His primary responsibility is to Hackensack High School as its School Resource Officer (SRO) and he also serves the educational community as the truant officer for the Hackensack middle school and five elementary schools.
Due to his approachable personality, Detective Martin effectively bridges the gap between the youth of the community and the police department. As an SRO, he is able to build trust with the youth of Hackensack and assist them with achieving their goals while keeping them safe at school and in the community.
Recently, Detective Martin worked collaboratively with his department, the board of education and the local Congressman and successfully secured a grant that enhanced physical security at the high school with the installation of 32 new CCTV's. 
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) recognized the Hackensack Police Department and the Hackensack Board of Education as a model agency since it was the first in Bergen County to have the SRO program and has served as a training ground for SROs from eleven other New Jersey police departments such as Teaneck, Englewood, and Secaucus.
Detective Kenneth Martin is a National SRO Practitioner which is the standard by which NASRO, police agencies and school districts recognize law enforcement personnel who have excelled in the area of school based policing.  He has also been recognized by NASRO as a School Resource Officer of the Year and is an extraordinary model of the benefits of the SRO program to community policing.

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