Former Stafford student now school resource officer

By SMSD Communications

Stafford Police Department Officer J. Perry.

Stafford Police Department Officer J. Perry is glad to serve the community where she grew up.

Perry attended Stafford Municipal School District from 2000-05 and now works as a school resource officer in the district where she was once a student. It’s not uncommon for her to pass the same teachers in the hallway that once instructed her in the classroom.

Perry was working in the service industry, when she decided to pursue a career in public service. At the age of 20, she become an emergency dispatcher with the Stafford Police Department. She enjoyed that position, but she gained an interest in finding out about the other side of those dispatch calls.

Perry decided to enroll at the University of Houston-Downtown Police Academy. Perry, who was working full-time as an SPD dispatcher and raising her son while attending the academy, earned her law enforcement certification in 2013.

The following year, Stafford hired her as a patrol officer. Perry recently made the transition to school resource officer at Stafford Municipal School District. She enjoys helping and collaborating with the students.

“It is a different aspect of law enforcement – definitely a great learning experience,” Perry said.

Perry said she’s amazed with the new course offerings and improvements that Stafford MSD has made since she was a student there.

“We are focused on preparing students for the world after high school,” Perry said.

Last week was National Police Week, and Perry said she and her fellow officers appreciated the recognition, but she noted that the Stafford community is very appreciative of its law enforcement officers year-round.

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