Meet Our School Resource Officer
Officer Kassy Patterson
The City of Mayflower would like to welcome Officer Kassy Patterson-School Resource Officer with the Mayflower Police Department. She will be assigned to the Mayflower, Arkansas School District and provide services to all of the School Districts campuses. Mrs. Patterson was born in the Lake of the Ozarks area of Missouri and spent her childhood working with her father on his cattle farm. After attending high school at Camden High School in Missouri she attended college at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Following college Mrs. Patterson returned to the Camden School District as a Paraprofessional in Special Education.
During this time, she married her high school classmate Troy Patterson. Mrs. Patterson followed by earning her Forensic Interviewing Certification and License and went to work for the State of Missouri as a Sex Crimes Investigator. Mrs. Patterson and her husband Troy had their children during this time and Mrs. Patterson left the State of Missouri and went to work for Benton Street Counseling. She was responsible for handling patient caseloads in the Grief and Substance Abuse sections. Due to her husband’s career needs, the family moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2017 and Mrs. Patterson was employed by the Cleveland County, Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office.
During her time with Cleveland County, Mrs. Patterson served as the Programs Director for the Cleveland County Detention Center which included all of the diversion courts. Mrs. Patterson also served as a board member for the State of Oklahoma’s Mental Health Task Force. In April of 2021 Mrs. Patterson successfully completed training which awarded her CLEET Certification in Crisis Intervention. In May of 2021, Mrs. Patterson’s husband Troy was asked by his employer to take over the Arkansas Market and in response, they moved their family to the Mayflower, Arkansas area. Mrs. Patterson wishing to continue utilizing her acquired skills, she applied to the Mayflower Arkansas Police Department and due to her previous experience and education she was employed and assigned to the School District.
In their spare time, the family loves to hunt, fish, and attend dirt track racing events. Mrs. Patterson is extremely excited to be a part of the family here at the Mayflower Police Department and is already making her presence known with the reorganization of the “Shop with a Cop” program and Law Enforcement Grant Process. If you see her, please take a moment to welcome her, we believe that Mrs. Patterson possesses the skill sets, training, & education to provide an asset to the School District and Community. We are looking forward to Mrs. Patterson’s success and accomplishments.
- Provide a program of law and education related issues to the school community, including parents, on such topics as tobacco, alcohol, and other drug issues, and in addressing violence diffusion, violence prevention, and other safety issues in the school community.
- Act as a communication liaison with law enforcement agencies having an interest or concerning students on campuses served by the officer.
- Provide informational in-services and be a resource for the staff on issues related to alcohol, and other drugs, violence prevention, gangs, safety, and security.
- The officer will gather information regarding potential problems such as criminal activity, gang activity, and student unrest, and attempt to identify particular individuals who may be a disruptive influence to the school or students.
- When a crime occurs, the officer will take the appropriate action consistent with Arkansas State Law.
- The officer will present educational programs to students and school staff as determined necessary.
- The officer will refer students or their families to the appropriate agencies for assistance when a need is determined.
- Unless the officer’s opinion or the circumstances prevent it, the officer will attempt to advise the school principal before taking legal action, subject to the officer’s duties under the law.
- The SRO will not act as a school disciplinarian, nor make recommendations regarding school discipline.