Officer J. T. Lance, who is the School Resource Officer assigned to Dudley High School, is an officer who obviously cares about the students at his school. He knows the students assigned to Dudley and can talk at length about the problems they face and the exceptional qualities they possess. He interacts with them on a daily basis and can be found in the halls of the school, the cafeteria and around the exterior of the school speaking with students.
When watching him one gets the feeling he is acting more in the “big brother” role than that of a police officer. Demonstrating his concern for the students and their opportunities after high school this year he started the “Young Scholarship” program. The program awards a monetary gift to a graduating male and a graduating female student based upon their academic achievement and their citizenship in and out of the school setting. The students are selected based upon Officer Lance’s observations as well as input from teachers and the Dudley High School administrative team.
The monetary award for this scholarship is funded entirely by Officer Lance. Officer Lance is deserving of this recognition for Officer of the month of May 2016, due to his implementation of the “Young Scholars Scholarship” program and the fact that he utilizes his own funds to help students achieve their goals of continuing their education after completing high school.