James Lewis of the Waxahachie Police Department was the first School Resource Officer to join Waxahachie ISD four years ago. Lewis still serves as an SRO now with five others — the largest team yet.
Waxahachie ISD recently added three more Waxahachie Police Officers as SROs to ensure a more significant impact on students. Officer ShaMonica Martin, Officer Albert Martinez, and Officer Ron Clayton are the most recent additions to the SRO team. With a team of six, all junior high campuses will now be equipped with an SRO, while Waxahachie High School will utilize two.
The other SROs consist of Officer Darrell Wafer, who was brought on in the fall of 2019, and Sgt. Joshua Oliver, who was hired in March 2020.
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Officer Martin is in her first year as a police officer and spent the last four years as a dispatcher. She also dedicated three years of work in corrections at the Coffield Unit prison located in Anderson County.
"I got my degree in criminal justice, and I feel like I've always been drawn to this field," Martin said. "I dispatch, so you answer the phone, and that's all you do. You don't get to meet people, and you don't have that interaction on patrol and get that connection."
Martin looks forward to building relationships and making a positive impact on the students.
"Serving has always been a part of me, and in this field, I get to serve," she said.
Martin will serve at Waxahachie High School.
Officer Martinez started with the Waxahachie Police Department 15 years ago. He started in patrol and after nine years moved on to serve in the Criminal Investigation Division for six years as a detective.
"I've always wanted to do police work and a real close friend of mine — an officer here — I rode out with him, and I was sold," Martinez reflected. "Now, Waxahachie was the only city I applied for, and the only one I would apply for because I was born and raised here. I was in the class of '89."
Martinez has experience working with teenagers when he instructed the Explorer program through the Waxahachie Police Department. This program provides teenagers hands-on career activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.
Martinez is passionate about kids and was eager to become an SRO because "The more that you move around, the better you become at being an officer."
Martinez will serve at Coleman Junior High.
Officer Clayton served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a corporal. Clayton has spent the past 25 years with the Waxahachie Police Department, where he served as the community service officer 17 years ago and also directed the Explorer program.
"This, to me, is another aspect of helping the community," Clayton said about being an SRO.
Clayton is excited to get to know the students and encourages them to ask him questions to get to know him better. He also hopes to be a role model.
Clayton will serve at Howard Junior High.