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What sets prevention resource officers apart in Ohio County?

Sergeant John Schultz, who works at Wheeling Middle School, has been named the Prevention Resource Officer of the Year in West Virginia (WTOV).

For the last 5 years, prevention resource officers in Ohio County Schools have been winning awards.

It’s happened again this year, as Sergeant John Schultz, who works at Wheeling Middle School, has been named the Prevention Resource Officer of the Year in West Virginia.

It’s a distinction he held in 2014 as well.

"I’m just an extension to the principal and to my counselors, children at risk, teaching non-traditional classes with the staff that’s here,” Schultz said. “Anything we can help to make the kids’ lives a little bit better."

Schultz helps keep the school safe by patrolling the hallways, and he also goes above and beyond by stepping into classrooms and teaching them important lessons like how to use your manners.

“They really look up to him, and it’s just a very positive relationship with the students," school counselor Denise Freeland said.

“He works with us every day, very closely, doing everything from doing truancy, home visits, working with parents, mediations. He’s always there to help out," Gladys Goff and Denise Freeland said.

Another Wheeling police sergeant's name is also on the trophy, that of Don Miller.

He won PRO of the year in 2011 and 2012. Also Sgt. Tom Howard won rookie PRO of the year in 2011.

It's a major achievement for Ohio County Schools and the prevention resource officers.

“We've got a really good relationship with the resource officers, officers of the community, and with our schools, so I think that makes a huge difference that we just work together for a common goal,” Schultz said.

School counselors believe the prevention resource officers improve the children's learning experience and overall

Ohio county schools hope to add more PROs in schools in the future.

Wheeling PD receives $41k in grant funds

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Wheeling PD $41,000 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

The grant funds are to be used to prevent and control crime.

Wheeling police will use the grant money to purchase video equipment, ballistic helmets, gas masks, and headsets.

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