The school resource officer who was chosen for the Award of Honor this year was selected because of his leadership, desire to foster relationships and his servant heart.
Sgt. William Wacker was announced as recipient of the 2022 award during a banquet for school resources hosted by Floyd County Schools at their administrative offices on Friday. Wacker, who has 11 years of service with Floyd County Police Department, received commendation from both his supervisor and the principal where he works.
“Sgt. Wacker is an integral part of the success of our SRO program,” said Captain Ron Hunton. “(He) has all of the expectations that we hold for all of our SROs, added to that he is also the leader on the ground.”
The commendation from Hunton explained that Sgt. Wacker has made it his mission to focus on the safety and security of all FCS campuses, while also building relationships with school staff and board members.
“Sgt. Wacker sets the standard for professionalism and holds others accountable,” Hunton said. “(His) leadership has brought our SRO program to new levels.”
In addition to his work as a police officer and leader for his fellow SROs, Sgt. Wacker also finds time to coach sports within the Armuchee district.
“He is honest, relatable and offers grace where grace can be given,” said Chad Moore, principal of Armuchee Elementary. “Not only does (he) contribute to the safety of our campus and the efficiency of our logistical operations, but he regularly volunteers to cover classrooms, the front office or even cleaning the cafeteria when we are shorthanded.”
The principal said that the officer has always been “intentional” about forming positive relationships with staff, students and parents, “and is well respected by everyone that comes in contact with him.”
“I am extremely thankful for Sgt. Wacker and all that he does for our students, our staff and all FCS stakeholders,” Moore said.
Wacker teaches special training for school resource officers during school breaks, and also meets with counselors and educators to educate them about violence and drugs. Most recently he presented information to social workers at the police department to educate them about types of drugs they might encounter.