Burien Police School Resource Officer Brian Barnes gets surprise Thursday
Burien Police School Resource Officer Brian Barnes got quite the send-off Thursday (Dec. 12) from students at Highline High School, according to a post on the city’s Facebook Page.
“Barnes was called to investigate something suspicious outside of the school and found the student body formed in the shape of tunnel, which he walked through to their cheers,” the post reads. “Today was Barnes’ last day at the school before his new assignment in Skyway with the King County Sheriff’s Office.”
Barnes was also recently recognized at a School Board meeting for being a tireless advocate for the children of Highline.
“Brian works more hours than we can count,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. “He is totally committed to bettering the experience and outcomes of our students.”
She noted that Deputy Barnes has spent vacation time studying Spanish abroad to better communicate with our families.
Beverly Park Principal Courtney Daikos worked with Barnes when she was assistant principal at Highline High School (HHS).
“He is a born teacher in a Deputy’s uniform who has time in his life for every child and teenager he meets, especially those who might resist him the most.”
During his time at HHS, Barnes has connected with the most at-risk students and involved them in positive activities like sports and Parks/Rec Late Nights. He has helped many of them redirect their lives to a positive outcome. In his role as SRO, Deputy Barnes has gone above and beyond his responsibilities by facilitating after-school programs, conducting home visits, and coordinating among the various law enforcement jurisdictions to ensure the safety and security for all.
“He goes out of his way to build positive relationships,” said Instructional Leadership Executive Director John Boyd. “Brian is an incredible resource for the students, families, and staff of Highline Schools. He is simply outstanding, and we are fortunate to have him in our schools.”
King County Sheriff John Urquhart added:
“Brian Barnes’ service and dedication to his community allows the humanity of the Sheriff’s Office to shine through his work. He has the heart of a servant, and the people of King County are lucky to have him in their service.”
Deputy Brian Barnes has been on assignment as SRO to Highline Public Schools since September 2012.
Congrats and best wishes to Brian Barnes!