The Rockwood Board of Education
on Thursday night approved the hiring of Tyrone Dennis as District Safety Officer, a newly created position in Rockwood.
Dennis is a St. Louis native and Marquette High
graduate with more than 15 years of
law enforcement experience in the Atlanta Police Department as an officer and
detective. He earned bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and sociology from the University of North Alabama.
In his role as District Safety Officer, he will be
responsible for researching, designing, and implementing a comprehensive
district security and safety program; creating and implementing safety and
security training for staff; and maintaining district emergency plans and preparations
as well as crisis response and recovery plans, among other duties.
Dennis has served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator and certified gang expert with the Atlanta police. He created a popular community program called "Clippers and Cops"
that brings police
and community members together for conversations in barbershops. Dennis earned a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for his role in founding the program.
Dennis was also named Investigator of the Year in 2015, earned a U.S. Attorney Office of Southern District of Georgia Community Service Award in 2017 and was named Alumni of the Year by North Alabama earlier this year.