Okaloosa County Sheriff School Resource Officer of the YearMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 23 2019 1:56 PM
Deputy Cullen Coraine came to our agency in 2013 and quickly became a part of the Special Response Team, becoming an instructor in Shoot House Techniques, completing the Basic SWAT course along with Hostage Rescue and SWAT Shield Training. He was selected as an SRO in 2015 and quickly became the SRO unit’s training instructor.
In his 3 years as an SRO, Deputy Cullen, as he is known at his school, has become a valued member of the Liza Jackson Preparatory staff as well as the community. According to his Principal, Kaye McKinley, staff, students and parents, Deputy Coraine has developed many programs that promote good character, community involvement, responsibility and citizenship.
Deputy Coraine has implemented new security protocols for his school which include single entry points, better locks on fences, ALICE training for all students and personnel, peep-hole implementation in doors, bus driver safety and reactive measures which included restructuring drop off and pick up areas to add additional safety measures. He worked diligently with the Principal and PTO to be the first school in the county to have bullet proof doors installed at the single point school entry area, additional security measures are forth coming. These critical safety measures are utilizing PTO funds from his leadership.
When Deputy Coraine arrived, there was a one page evacuation plan, which now is a detailed 27 page crisis plan detailing everything from weather issues, evacuation plans and active shooter situations. Some of the other programs Deputy Cullen has implemented are: Junior Deputy Program which teaches and encourages positive character traits and integrity.
Character Coins which are awarded any student who displays effort, integrity, cooperation and caring Deputy Cullen’s K-9s aka “the dog pound” where students or families donate blankets, food, toys to a local shelter. They also donate their time to walking and bathing dogs at PAWS.
Proper social media time (4th grade and up)- students are taught proper use and influence and also how it can be used to raise money, find forums for hobbies, etc. Out-run Deputy Cullen – Any student who has perfect behavior during PE for a month can foot race Deputy Cullen for a chance to win candy or a ChickFil–A sandwich.
This happens during their PE class. Deputy Coraine exemplifies the epitome of what a SRO should be – Law Enforcement Officer, Mentor, Teacher and Counselor. He lives and breathes dedication and exemplary service to his school and community and we are proud to present him as the School Resource Officer of the Year.