School Resource Officer

SRO Doug Walters          Officer Walter              

I graduated from Indian Lake High School in 1991. I began my law enforcement career in 1994 working for the Norwood Police Department and Golf Manor Police Department as a dispatcher.  I also worked for a private ambulance service as an EMT that serviced Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. During this time, I attended Great Oaks Police Academy (Cincinnati) and graduated in 1995. I was hired as a police dispatcher with the Bellefontaine Police Department January 22, 1996.   While assigned to dispatch at the Bellefontaine Police Department, I also worked as a part-time police officer with Washington Township Police Department. I moved to the patrol division at Bellefontaine Police Department in April 2002 where I spent most of my time assigned to third shift.  During my time on patrol, I was assigned different roles to include the Special Response Team (SWAT), Distraction Device Instructor, OVI Specialist, Driving Simulators, A.L.I.C.E. Instructor, Field Training Officer (FTO), and now the School Resource Officer (SRO).  In those roles I have received advance training in drug and criminal identification and interdiction, gang identification and prevention, OVI detection, special weapons and tactics, de-escalation techniques, and crisis intervention.  In 2017, I was selected along with Officer Huffman as the first School Resource Officers for the Bellefontaine Police Department and Bellefontaine City Schools.  We attended specialized training to take on these new positions.

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