Get to know the town: Milford SRO Theresa Bloodsworth

Officer BloodsworthName: Theresa Bloodsworth

Occupation: Corporal and School Resource Officer with the Milford Police Department

Do you have any hobbies?

“Figure skating. I’ve done that since I was about seven-years- old. I draw, too. I do the picture on the board every year for our kids’ Christmas party. Since I do it every year, I like to see their reactions.”

Tell us about the First State Force Band?

“For six years, I was a singer with the First State Force Band. We were under the Attorney General’s office and went around to elementary schools to bring messages in a different way to the students.”

Tell us about being an SRO?

“We respond to any of the calls that come through the schools like child abuse cases or sometimes the kids have heard stories from home. We’re a resource for the schools for things like custody questions. We talk to the kids. At a young age, we try to guide them in the right direction.”

How is it beneficial?

“When we’re out on the streets, we might be dealing with mom and dad. This way, they can see us in a different light. They’re curious about us. A lot of them want to just touch my badge.”

Have you had any funny moments?

“There’s something funny everyday. Kids really say some funny stuff. There’s one kid at Morris who tells me everyday, ‘Hey, I saw you at Headstart.’ Everyday.”

Is there one thing that sticks out as most important?

“The pride patrol is the most important things we’ve done, I think. They meet once a month and can tell us things they’ve seen or heard that maybe they didn’t want to tell someone before. They are just so proud to be involved.”

Have you seen any changes in the students?

“ Yes, I know what stood out to me the most was when we responded to a fight in one of our neighborhoods, a kid stood out to say, ‘Hi, Officer Bloodsworth.’ Just for him to feel comfortable enough in the chaos to say hi, that was something to me.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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