Get to Know Hillside’s SRO
By: Rachel Gosselin, Trenton Rice & Kamryn Chretien
Photo Credit: Baril Mawo & Latrell Grimes
Our SRO (School Resource Officer) has an interesting back story. Officer Kozowyk has a lot of adventures every day. We asked him questions on what it is like to be a SRO. Remember he can always solve a problem that you have. Here are some of the questions we asked.
What did you do before you became a SRO? I was in a rock band before I became a SRO. I also had several jobs, but being in a rock band sticks out the most.
Do you have to go through extra training to become a SRO? You do not go through extra training. Once you are a SRO you have to go through specialized training for connecting with kids and things like that.
How long have you been a resource officer? This is my first year as a SRO but my fourth year in the police field.
Do you plan on being a resource officer for a few more years? Yes, as long as I can.
When is your birthday? August 2.
What inspired you to be a police/resource officer? I wanted to help people. Life is a big adventure. I also think kids have the most potential.
Is it ever a challenge in a school? How is it different from reality? It’s always a challenge, I need to learn kid vocab. Kids think that grown ups can’t help with their issues. But every grown up used to be a kid!
How do you solve problems with kids? The key is to listen, kids want to be treated with respect, like young adults. This doesn’t always work, but I do what I can!
Is it difficult to be a SRO? It can be busy. It can be difficult sometimes, but the schedule of being a SRO is easier than being an officer on patrol. It is definitely more lighthearted.