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Published July 29 2010

School resource officer receives national award

Fargo police officer Chris Potter will receive national recognition next week for his work as a school resource officer.

The National Association of School Resource Officers will award Potter an “Exceptional Service Award” at its convention Monday through Thursday in Louisville, Ky.

Potter, the SRO at South High School, was selected out of school officers from across the region.

“He’s certainly a deserving candidate,” said fellow school resource officer Mike Clower, who nominated him. “He’s always got something new going on and things that draw national attention.”

Potter, who’s been a school resource officer for four years, helped organize the department’s “Text-a-Tip” program three years ago, which allows students to tip SROs to criminal activity via text messages.

He was also commended by the Fargo Police Department for his dedication, enthusiasm for finding innovative ways to improve the program and ability to build bridges with students.

At next week’s convention, Clower, who is an SRO at Fargo Shanley High School, also won a $2,000 grant, which he will use for traffic safety at the private school.