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Surveillance Solutions Provider Wren Awards Harford County Deputy First Class with $2,500 Scholarship

First-ever Wren Solutions SRO Scholarship winner, DFC Elizabeth Harper of Harford County Sheriff’s Office, to receive award during NASRO Conference ceremony on Friday, July 3

BALTIMORE, June 29, 2009 – Wren, a provider of enterprise video management solutions since 1983, announced today that it has selected Deputy First Class (DFC) Elizabeth Harper, a school resource officer (SRO) of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, as the 2009 recipient of its first ever $2,500 SRO Scholarship award. DFC Harper serves the Fallston Middle and High Schools in Fallston, Maryland. The scholarship, offered and administered through the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), will be awarded at a special ceremony on Friday, July 3 at 8:30 AM ET as part of NASRO’s 19th annual SRO/School Safety Conference at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel.

SRO Scholarship Awards Community Service, Leadership and Innovative Use of Technology

Announced in December 2008, the scholarship program was created by Wren to help SROs further their education, thereby bringing even more expertise and security strategies to protect the schools they serve. Scholarship applicants were judged on such criteria as their employment history as an SRO; contributions they made to their SRO program and the community; examples of their leadership in their SRO role; and how they utilize technology to enhance safety in the school.

“Wren is honored to award the first scholarship to such an exemplary candidate as DFC Harper. We found her service to the school and the community at large to go above and beyond the call of duty; in addition to being impressed with her innovative and hands-on use of technology to promote a safer learning environment,” said Andrew Wren, president of Wren.

Scholarship Winner Inspired to Become SRO to Combine Law Enforcement with Love of Teaching

DFC Harper has served with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office since March 2006 and indicated in her application that she was inspired to become a SRO to positively integrate a law enforcement presence into Harford County’s educational system with her love of teaching. “All aspects of the position not only define who I am as a deputy sheriff, but who I am as a person with the natural ability to teach,” she commented.

The students at Fallston Middle and High Schools benefit from both areas of DFC Harper’s talents. In addition to her responsibilities as SRO, DFC Harper serves in various committees and assists with the Sheriff’s Office Summer Youth Academy. She’s also a teacher of law classes, assists and encourages students to participate in the Sheriff’s Office Youth Explorer’s Program and coaches the high school’s cross country team, among multiple other activities.

DFC Harper is currently a student at Harford Community College. She will transfer to Towson University in the spring semester of 2010 to complete her undergraduate criminal justice degree, with an additional focus on legal studies and education.

In addition to awarding DFC Harper with the $2,500 scholarship, Wren will also offer Fallston High School access to its Encapsulon Assessment tool, a secure, web-based tool that assesses potential risk and provides practical, actionable recommendations for an individual school. Introduced for the first time at NASRO’s 19th annual SRO/School Safety Conference, Encapsulon Assessment is designed to look at an individual school’s potential security and safety risks, response resources, policies and procedures. The tool allows school law enforcement and staff to systematically assess risk on the premises.

About the Wren SRO Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Members of the media are invited to attend the awards ceremony, which will take place the last day of the NASRO School Safety Conference at the awards ceremony on Friday, July 3 at 8:30 AM ET. The ceremony will be held in the Key Ballroom at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel at 401 West Pratt Street in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

About NASRO

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is a not-for-profit organization for school based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff and the schools they attend. The true and tested strength in the School Resource Officer program is that it is much more than a curriculum. The SRO Concept can easily be adapted to the needs of ANY community desiring safe schools and effective community partnerships. For more information about NASRO, please visit the association web site at www.nasro.org.

About Wren

Wren specializes in physical security technologies and services for retail, education, hospitality, healthcare and government facilities. The company’s solutions, including enterprise-class video management software, access control systems, security assessments, surveillance cameras and hardware, and professional services, enable organizations to protect people, assets and facilities, while empowering them with operational insights for better performance. Established in 1983 and headquartered in Jefferson City, MO, Wren is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO), and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Visit us at our website www.wrensolutions.com.

Media Release

June 29, 2009

Contacts:

  • Sgt. David Betz
    410-836-5403
  • Monica A. Worrell
    410-836-5463

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