YORK COUNTY, SC – York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant would like to congratulate Deputy Tonya Jones for being named Upstate Region School Resource Officer of the year, by the South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.

School Administrators, Teachers and students at Castle Heights Middle School nominated Deputy Jones for the award through a letter writing campaign to the SCASRO.  Jones was selected out of approximately 26 other school SRO’s in eight counties in the upstate region. The upstate region of the SCASRO includes York, Cherokee, Union, Spartanburg, Greenville, Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties.

Deputy Jones has been with the York County Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has been a SRO at Castle Heights Middle School for seven years. The award was presented to Jones at the 2013 SCASRO Conference in Myrtle Beach on June 28, 2013.

The South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers was developed by a group of 23 School Resource Officers in 1996. Those SRO's saw a need to have a statewide organization for officers to contact on what programs were working and what programs had not worked in our schools, how to handle certain situations, and a clearing house for lesson plans.

The South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers has grown from those 23 officers to approximately 625 officers.