LARGO — School resource deputies and officers are tasked with protecting youths in Pinellas County throughout the entire scholastic year.
Last week, the Pinellas County School Board took time to honor one these deputies for an outstanding year on the job. Deputy Kurt Frazho has served as East Lake High’s SRD for four years and received 2014 Pinellas County School Resource Deputy of the Year honors.
“Over the past four years, Deputy Kurt Frazho has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to duty and performance as a School Resource Officer assigned to East Lake High School,” stated an excerpt from Frazho’s nomination letter. “Deputy Frazho is a man to be respected. Not because he carries a badge, but because he respects the badge he carries.”
Frazho started his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 and began reporting to East Lake High in 2010.
A number of other deputies, SRDs and Sheriff Bob Gualitieri were on hand to see Frazho recognized.
“I want to give my thanks to Deputy Frazho for all the great work he’s doing and the school board for recognizing him and all the school resource officers throughout Pinellas County,” Gualitieri said.
Shortly after Frazho’s ceremony at the school board, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office recognized a group of its employees at another public event.
The office’s fifth year of offering Spanish language training completed with an afternoon graduation ceremony in downtown Clearwater.
Seven members from various departments completed a Level II Spanish language training program. According to a press release, the course is tailored specifically to the needs of law enforcement and was established in an effort to better serve the growing Pinellas County Hispanic population.
Participants enrolling in the language program must stay in for its two-year duration before graduation.