CLEARWATER — Clearwater Police Officer LenShawn Price has been named the 2016-2017 Pinellas County School Resource Officer of the Year.
The 17-year Clearwater Police veteran has spent the past nine years of her career as the Oak Grove Middle school resource officer.
During the school board's meeting Tuesday at which she received the award, Price was recognized as being a mentor to students, having handed out bike lights to those without them, doubling as school DJ, buying clothes for needy students, and even searching a Dumpster to find a student's retainer.
"The administrative team at Oak Grove Middle School agree that they have never seen any school resource officer as wonderful, effective and productive as (Price)," according to the recognition.
This is the second year in a row a Clearwater Police officer has received the honor, with Officer Cathi Long of Countryside High School recognized as the 2015-2016 School Resource Officer of the Year.