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PCS K-9 officer receives statewide recognition for decades of extraordinary service

May 13, 2022

Officer Barbara BaugherOfficer Barbara Baugher will be awarded the Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary accomplishments while serving their schools and communities. The award is presented to association members who exemplify the true spirit of “Service before Self.” The honor exemplifies service above and beyond what is expected of officers related to their skills, and their contributions to the community, their agency and school safety.

Officer  Baugher is the longest serving officer in the Pinellas County Schools Police Department. She joined the department in 1989 and has been a K-9 Officer for more than 25 years. For more than two decades, she has taught firearms instruction and other high-liability topics for the department and the Southeastern Public Safety Institute at St. Petersburg College. 

This morning, while Officer Baugher was working at Shore Acres Elementary, Pinellas County Schools Police Chief Luke Williams called her to surprise her with the good news. Some of her fellow officers stopped by to congratulate her, too. 

Officer Baugher will receive the award this summer at the 43rd Annual School Safety Conference in Orlando, which will take place July 18-22.

Photos: Officer Baugher hears the news from Chief Williams; Her fellow officers stop by Shore Acres to congratulate her.

PCS Police Chief Luke Williams surprised Officer Baugher with the good news by phone Fellow officers congratulate Officer Baugher