School Resource Officer One Of Many Resigning From Police Department

Carolina Beach Police Officer Stewart Henderson was recognized by the Town Council during their May 9th, 2017 meeting for his ten years of service to the community. Henderson serves as the School Resource Officer at Carolina Beach Elementary School. Henderson resigned last week to go to work for the Sheriff's Department. Carolina Beach Police Officer Stewart Henderson was recognized by the Town Council during their May 9th, 2017 meeting for his ten years of service to the community. Henderson serves as the School Resource Officer at Carolina Beach Elementary School. Henderson resigned last week to go to work for the Sheriff's Department.

School Resource Officer One Of Many Resigning From Police Department Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 06 February 2019 23:10

Two Officers Resigned In Recent Months. Four More Resigned Last Week

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Police Department is losing four more police officers later this month following the resignations of two other officers in recent months. Last week four officers resigned and on Monday February 4th, anonymous sources said another officer was placed on suspension.

One of the four officers that resigned last week is Corporal Stewart Henderson who has served as the designated school resource officer at the Carolina Beach Elementary School since 2013.

Henderson is a popular role model for the kids, patrolling the school from open to close and spending a lot of his extra time away from duty with the students, following some up to the junior high and high school level, volunteering his time for sporting events and coordinating with School Resource Officers at those schools to make sure the people he's invested his elementary school years with are still doing well.

On Monday February 4th, Henderson said he's taken a position at another law enforcement agency because, "The direction of the department wasn't in line with my career goals. So I'm seeking other opportunities with another agency and will be going to work at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department in the School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit."

He explained, "I'll be doing the same thing just at a different place with more opportunities to grow and will be working at Noble Middle School."

Henderson said his last day with the Carolina Beach Police Department will be February 15th.

On Tuesday February 5th, Police Chief Chris Spivey explained, "Cpl. Stewart Henderson began his career with the Carolina Beach Police Department in 03/12/2007. For years, Cpl. Henderson worked as a Uniform Patrol Officer and Freeman Park Beach Officer."

Spivey explained, "On 07/24/2013, Cpl. Henderson became Carolina Beach’s first dedicated School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to Carolina Beach Elementary School. It is well known Stewart has a special understanding of youths in various age ranges. Almost instantly, many recognized Cpl. Henderson’s positive impact on the school. He truly has a passion for his profession with an emphasis on school/law enforcement relationships and safety. His time as a School Resource Officer helped showcase his desire and skills to help our community. On 08/17/2015, Ofc. Henderson attained the rank of Corporal which lead to management opportunities. Cpl. Henderson has accomplished many goals while serving Carolina Beach. While this is by no means a complete list, some of the most notable are managing the Carolina Beach Bike Rodeo, interacting with the local scout groups, networking with the Child Protective Team, serving as a certified law enforcement trainer, digital records manager and liaison with the 911 Center."

He explained, "As Cpl. Henderson explores other professional opportunities, let it be known he will be greatly missed. We are all aware of the special relationships he shares with the school-based community and Carolina Beach as a whole. Cpl. Henderson’s boots will be hard to fill. He not only set the bar for this community’s SRO position, he invented it. Best of luck to Cpl. Stewart Henderson."

When asked if the department will place another officer at the Carolina Beach Elementary School, Spivey said, "It is our intent to provide as much school coverage as possible until we complete an internal process toward a permanent replacement."

In recent months two officers - Samantha Macon and Eric Tello - resigned from the department and went to work at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department.

Last week four officers - including Stewart Henderson - resigned effective Feb. 14th and 15th. Those officers are Dexter Soward, Steve Dillion, and Aaron Naughton. All of those officers - as well as Macon and Tello - made personal decisions to work at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department. Prior to those resignations the annual budget for the Police Department already included an additional three positions the department had been unable to fill.

On Tuesday February 5th, a request was submitted to the Police Department inquiring about another officer being suspended from duty on Monday Feb. 4th. The requested information was not provided by press time Tuesday night and the department would not confirm whether or not any officer was currently suspended from duty. Anonymous sources indicated an officer had been suspended on Monday.

None of the officers listed in this report have been suspended and are currently still serving as active officers until the date indicated when they resigned.

The Carolina Beach Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) posted a notice on their Facebook page on Monday stating, "Our school is losing one terrific guy next week, as Officer Henderson has taken a job with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department. So many of our students, parents and staff members have been lucky to share the building with this guy over the past few years. Next Thursday, February 14 (Valentine's Day), we will be taking the day to SHARE THE LOVE with Officer Henderson, as the following day will be his last at CBES. Please take the time to stop by that day and wish him well, give him a hug (he'd also be happy to accept large monetary donations, delicious baked goods or a yacht :-) and share the love with a man who has done so much for our community."

We will bring you more information as this story develops.

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