Officer Chris Parks – 2018 Officer of the Year
2018 was a banner year for Officer Parks. Officer Parks was assigned to the Brighton Area Schools as the one and only School Resource Officer (SRO), he is also a member of the SWAT Team. During his time as the SRO he has cultivated a level of trust with students, school staff and administration that goes above and beyond just assisting the school with certain calls. SRO Parks is viewed as a member of the team so much so that upper level administrators have asked what it would take to keep him in the SRO assignment. To the extent possible he works to co-ordinate law enforcement response and share resources with other departments that cover the other schools in the Brighton School District. Officer Parks spear headed a county wide re-unification drill that incorporated almost every emergency related agency within Livingston County, emergency management,
schools and hundreds of actors and role players.
Officer Parks was also instrumental in finding and assisting in the planned implementation of new technology to assist schools, parents and responders in the event of an emergency. He has worked tirelessly to assist all Brighton Area Schools and all schools within the City of Brighton to have well stocked Knox boxes that will assist responders in the event of an emergency. This dedication includes him checking each box for operational status, and lubricating of all the moving parts.
Officer Parks planned, prepared and ran the first ever BPD Youth Leadership Academy. Officer Parks worked hard to bring the community together and in doing so he was able to provide the Academy for no cost to the students and a minimal cost to the Department. This experience created and cemented multiple relationships with students, community members and business owners that will benefit all parties involved for years to come.
Most importantly, (this cannot be overstated) Officer Parks has been an invaluable resource for many students over the year. The Department has received multiple letters, phone calls and taken part in conversations with students and parents thanking Officer Parks for his support when the students were going through some very trying times.
For these reasons and many more Officer Parks was chosen as the City of Brighton Police Department’s Officer of the Year.