By Student Journalist: Mahaylee Grace
Vidalia High School now has a Resource Officer. Officer Martinez is originally from Los Angeles, California, and she has multiple years of experience in law enforcement. Officer Martinez was with the Department of Corrections and Juvenile Probation for 8 years and has been with the Vidalia Police Department for 2 years. She believes the easiest part of the job is enjoying what she does. And, Martinez stated that one of the hardest parts to being an officer is when a “brother in blue” doesn’t make it home.
Although Officer Martinez may enjoy her occupation, there are many difficult aspects to being a Resource Officer. It is very “time consuming” to patrol all areas of the school at once, and she wants all of the students to be safe. Officer Martinez said, “I’m not here to be the student’s babysitter or parent. I am here to keep the children safe.” Officer Martinez knows there will be changes made around the school and hopes that the students will respectfully follow through with the new rules being applied. She does not want to constantly punish students for not obeying the rules, but if it means keeping the student safe, she will!
Officer Martinez has an office on campus, and her door is always open and students are welcome at any time. She is also concerned about the children's safety after school hours and hopes they will call upon her if they are in fear of harm or trouble. Vidalia High School greatly appreciates our officer for keeping our school a safer place!