Seven Question Slam: Officer Roberts


Q: What made you want to become an SRO?

A: The interest in becoming an SRO goes back to when I was in high
school and the relationship I had with the SROs there. They
showed me that an officer’s job was to keep students safe and
succeed in school and life.

I saw this again when a good friend of mine became the SRO in
Westport. I had the opportunity to see some of the work and
impact he had on the students in the schools. His impact on the
students piqued my interest in working with young people in
hopes to build bridges and form bonds with them in the
community and with the police.

I know in today’s society the police can sometimes be seen in a
negative light in the public eye and that view is passed on to
young people. These adolescents could also have negative
encounters with the police which also affects their understanding
of the intentions of the police: to keep them safe and protect the

I wanted to become an SRO to have a positive impact and
interactions with the youth of Somerset and Berkley in hopes to
bridge the gap between young people and the police. There is
nothing more rewarding than seeing a young person who may, or
may not have had some struggles growing mature, graduate and
become successful.

Q: Are you adjusting well to SBRHS?

A: I believe I am adjusting to my role here at SBRHS. The
administration, staff, and students have been very friendly,
receptive and welcoming.

Q: Do you enjoy working with kids like all of us?

A: I do enjoy working with the young adults here at SBRHS. It’s
refreshing to see a young person’s perspective on the world just by
talking and interacting with them.

Q: If you could pick a power to help what you do, what would it be?

A: I would choose to have super speed as sometimes I am needed in
more than one place at a time, but unfortunately, I can only go so

Q: What is your go-to song to listen too?

A: This is a tough one. I don’t really have one specific genre of music I
prefer. The music I listen to is based on my mood at the time.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: My favorite movie… All four of the original Lethal Weapon. The
irony… a police officer who likes police movies.

Q: When did you start wanting to become a resource officer?

A: I would say that I began having an interest in becoming an SRO shortly
after becoming a full-time police officer in 2011.