Fairfax County Public Schools have named Master Police Officer Lou Munoz—who has worked as the school resource officer at for the last six years—the 2012 Distinguished School Resource Officer (SRO).
“Students do not hesitate to seek his assistance,” said Principal Tim Thomas, in a news release issued by FCPS. “He is visible, approachable, accessible, and personable.”
Munoz regularly attends extracurricular events and is as a mentor and role model to Westfield students. Thomas cited Munoz's assistance after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. The school became the focus of local, national and international media, because the shooter and came from the school. Munoz's helped coordinate security and supported students, staff members, and the community, Thomas said.
Several months after the shooting, Munoz participated in a panel discussion about preventing gun violence, along with members of the governor's review panel on the Virginia Tech shootings, and parents of some of the victims.
Munoz also works with students in the Fairfax County Police Department’s (FCPD) diversion program, which allows first-time offenders to participate in an educational program about positive decision making. Munoz also participates in a program at the juvenile detention center that focuses on bullying, sexting, cyber bullying, and other negative teen behaviors.
“Parents always appreciate his efforts and they comment positively on the frank but compassionate manner in which he supports all types of students,” said Thomas.
Along with the SRO from , Munoz offers a self-defense seminar for 11th and 12th grade female students at Westfield. Prior to prom season, Munoz arranges for an officer from the FCPD crash reconstruction unit to speak to students and provides a distracted driver simulator for students to use.
In addition to his duties as SRO, this year Munoz took over the reigns as the junior varsity basketball coach at Westfield.
“I often wonder in amazement how he can juggle so many demands along with those of his own family,” said Thomas. “But he does so with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, efficacy and skill.”