SRO SPOTLIGHT: Phil Blaylock
Name: Phil Blaylock
Law Enforcement Agency: Morrilton Police Department
How long have you worked in law enforcement? 21 Years
Why did you become an SRO? I became an SRO because of my love for working with kids and wanting to make a difference in their lives.
What school/school district do you currently serve? I currently serve as the SRO for the South Conway School District, along with SRO Bryan Risner.
What do you find most challenging about working on a school campus?
The most challenging thing about working as an SRO is preparing yourself for the reality that you can’t fix all of the troubled youth.
What do find most rewarding about working on a school campus? The most rewarding aspect of working as an SRO is, at times, just when you think you didn’t make an impact in their lives, they send you invitations to their graduations, weddings, and even to celebrate their 21st birthdays at a bar (which I never, ever go).
What has surprised you the most about working with kids? The biggest surprise I’ve gotten is learning over the years that it’s just the little things that make a difference, like giving a student a little bit of attention.
Are they any programs/techniques that you feel have been helpful and effective in creating a safe learning environment? The programs that have helped me as an SRO are the 100 Proof (underage drinking and driving), Smart Choices-Better Chances (understanding the criminal justice system), and Be Incredible (student coping skills).
What advice would you give to a first-year SRO? My advice for a first year SRO would be for them to learn faces and names by looking through the yearbook.
What do you do when you aren't working? When I’m not working, I love spending time with my son, Jonathan.
If you weren't a police officer, what would you be doing instead? If I wasn’t a police officer, I probably would pursue a career in some type of sales or some form of education.