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Baltimore County police school resource officer wins national award

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A Baltimore County school resource officer has been recognized by the National Association of School Resource Officers with the 2020 NASRO Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year award.

Officer Danielle Moore -- nominated by her peers, supervisors and school faculty -- is recognized as an SRO who has made significant contributions to Baltimore County and Overlea High School, where she is assigned.

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The police chief and county police officials held a ceremony Friday to honor Moore, who will be presented with her award at the virtual 30th Annual NASRO School Safety Conference in early August in Orlando, Florida.

"It makes me feel amazing," Moore said. "I was shocked, I'm still shocked, as you can tell. It's unbelievable."

"This is really a truly remarkable day for us in the Baltimore County Police Department. Officer Moore, DJ, got selected over more than 14,000 school resource officers across the United States for this award, and frankly, it just speaks volumes about your commitment to your job, to your school, to the faculty and staff and to the students that you serve every single day," Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said.

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"I don't know that we've had a better partner than the Baltimore County Police Department for a long, long time now, and we really appreciate the relationship we've been able to have," said Mo Canady, NASRO's executive director.

Moore began her career as a police officer with the Baltimore City Police Department in 2007. She joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 2012, where she worked as a patrol officer until she became an SRO in 2018.

"I know when I'm getting up and I'm going to the school, I get to see all of my extended babies. They're happy to see me, I'm happy to see them and that makes me want to go to work. It doesn't feel like work, you know? It's home, it's my second home. I know I'm going to make a difference. I know they look forward to seeing me the same way I look forward to seeing them," Moore said.

Moore is the lead mentor and co-facilitator of the I.T. G.I.R.L.S. of Overlea High School, which stands for Inspiring True Girl-power through Integrity, Respect, Leadership and Sophistication and is a mentoring program designed to help young women.

"If I can make a difference in one person's life, I've done my job and that's my goal, you know? And I'll spread that joy to you and to you and to you, and hopefully, they pass that on to other people," Moore said.

Moore has received training from the Crisis Intervention Team, which equips officers to successfully deal with someone in a mental health crisis and provides alternative methods to peacefully deal with the individual.

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