Episcopal began the new year with its first full-time, certified School Resource Officer – Corporal Kristopher Daniels. Corporal Daniels, or Deputy Daniels as our littlest Knights know him, comes to Episcopal with an extensive background in law enforcement. Daniels served on the Baker City Police force for seven years and has been a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department since 2010. He has worked in a variety of law enforcement divisions including detective, narcotics, SCAT or special community anti-crime team and uniform patrol. Prior to his law enforcement career, Daniels was in the United States Air Force for six years and the Air National Guard for two years.
Ensuring school safety
Episcopal is one of the first schools in Baton Rouge to have a full-time School Resource Officer. The SRO program has been working very successfully in the Central School District for the past several years. Deputy Daniels will be on Episcopal’s campus daily from 7 am to 3:30 pm. A second Deputy arrives at 2:00 pm to assist with carpool traffic and then remains on campus until Extended Care and after school activities are finished.
Since January, Daniels has been learning the faces of everyone on campus, from the Knights in Frazer to the families who visit. He has been introduced to each division of students and makes a point to speak to everyone he passes on his daily rounds. His primary focus is to ensure that the school is as secure and as safe as possible. Such familiarity with members of the school community is a major asset as it will allow Deputy Daniels to be quickly aware of anything or anyone out of the ordinary. He says in an emergency situation minutes truly do matter and a timely response to a crisis, combined with the ability to effectively and efficiently communicate with other law enforcement officials can make all the difference.
Episcopal administrators established a security committee comprised of board members and parents in early 2018. Identifying and hiring a school resource officer was one of the first major changes the committee has implemented. Committee members are evaluating current safety procedures and determining ways to strengthen faculty and staff training, identify areas where security can be upgraded and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding ways to make our campus even more secure . As the school resource officer, Corporal Daniels is also assisting school officials with staff safety training. He is reviewing safety drills and procedures and determining ways in which they may be improved. Deputy Daniels remains an employee of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and will continue to receive training and updates on the latest safety and security protocols. Episcopal is pleased to be in the vanguard of private schools utilizing a school resource officer.
Serving as a positive role model
When you ask this longtime law enforcement officer why he chose to work in a school setting, the answer comes with ease and enthusiasm. Daniels’ face lights up as he talks about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. This husband and father says everything changed for him eight years ago when his daughter was born. It was then that he realized that he loves being around young people and that he wants to serve as a positive example of a law enforcement officer. When his supervisor approached him about the position at Episcopal, his response was immediate and positive. Through his work as a deputy, he has enjoyed the opportunity to speak at schools and to get to know area students. In his partnership with our school he hopes to develop a strong example of how the Sheriff’s Office can integrate their knowledge and experience into the lives of our children and make our community a safer place. We look forward to having him on campus.
Please join us in welcoming Deputy Daniels to our campus and to the Episcopal community!