First Posted: 8/26/2009
DOBSON After spending the last three years as a detective, Officer Randy Simpson with the Surry County Sheriffs Office was glad for a change that will get him home around the same time every day.
Simpson is the new school resource officer for Surry Central High School, replacing Chad Hutchins, who has moved to the detective department.
Simpson joins the Surry Central staff after more than 18 years in law enforcement with the sheriffs office and the Mount Airy Police Department, including a short stint as SRO at East Surry High School. He is certified in traffic enforcement, motor vehicle accident crash investigation, a former K-9 handler, speed enforcement and field training officer as well as serving as a lieutenant detective.
Its great being back, he said. I got a very warm welcome back by Dr. Hinson. It means a lot to be welcomed back by the superintendent himself.
In addition to the new schedule, Simpson is also looking forward to being able to get back in contact with many of his fellow officers as well as members of the highway patrol. He also hopes to make an impact on the students at the school.
Its very rewarding work. If you can influence one student, that means a lot, he said. I see a lot of the students when Im out and about and they always speak. I know Ive affected at least two students who decided to go into law enforcement.
An SRO is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for students at the school as well as being available to staff members, students and parents. Simpson is looking forward to embracing that role as soon as possible.
I hope they accept me. Its been very positive so far. I hope they can trust me and count on me when they have a problem, he said. I had a lot of interaction with the students at East Surry. There are several here already that have said my mom and dad told me to tell you hello.
He hopes to help the students with issues that commonly face teenagers, including temptations from alcohol and narcotics and curiosity about those things as well.
Simpson is a graduate of East Surry High School and considers Surry County home, having lived here since 1984.
He is married to Joan, and both she and their 9-year-old daughter, Hannah, are excited that he will have more normal hours.
In his spare time, Simpson plays the drums for two bands.
I love motorcycles and muscle cars, particularly Chevrolets, he said.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.