Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A 1984 graduate of Howard High School, Cpl. Teresa Armstrong Walker, 48, has lived in Georgetown her whole life.
She is the school resource officer (SRO) at Georgetown Middle School and loves it.
She attended Coastal Carolina and Horry-Georgetown Tech studying business.
“I wanted to be a secretary,” she laughs.
In the interim, she worked for City Hall and the police department and when an opportunity came – an opening for a dispatcher – she applied and has never looked back.
“It was before 911 [was used] and I worked as a dispatcher from 1990 to 1997. I was hired as an officer in 1997.”
She said her older sister was a sergeant with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and that inspired her to go into law enforcement.
Walker began in patrol but soon went into investigations. In 1999, when Columbine happened, the school district began using SROs. So Walker went back to the police academy for SRO training and worked at the high school.
She has also had training as a juvenile investigator, in interrogation and interviewing techniques, in domestic violence, gangs and is a certified in Gang Resistance Education and Training.
She teaches each summer at the police department’s Camp GPD Blue, teaching campers how to handle bullying and peer pressure.
Her professional goal is to continue working with young people.
“I love middle school children,” she smiles. It isn’t hard to imagine they love her back. She has a warm personality and an infectious smile. Walking down the hall, students greet her with enthusiasm.
“After 2004,” she says, “I went back on patrol. But then in 2005 the SRO at the middle school was promoted so I came here as a temporary assignment.” She’s been at the middle school almost ever since.
In 2009 she was promoted to juvenile investigator for the city. She investigated juvenile crimes from petit larceny to break-ins and assaults.
In 2009, the new middle school SRO left to go overseas and she asked to come back.
“It’s just my calling!” she laughs. “Here I am today…still smiling.”
Her worst experience in law enforcement was when a young man was shot and killed in a parking lot after a football game.
“Just walking through the doors here at the middle school, every morning, five days a week.”
She does admit she may have had one or two kids come back to say “thank you” to her.
She and her husband, Alvin “Stitch” Walker Sr., assistant principal and basketball coach at Georgetown High School, are the parents of five children – English, 29, Cedric, 27, Akeem, 23, Shameea, 22, and her “baby” Alvin Jr., 19.
Alvin Jr. is still in college, the others having graduated and started their lives, she said.
She loves spending time with her family and she and her husband stll make time for date nights when they enjoy going out to dinner and a movie.
She loves shopping and going to sporting events or watching them on television. She is a big football and basketball fan with special affection for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Heat and LA Sparks.
She has assisted with Mitney Project events and events at the Beck Recreation Center.
Her life goal is to become more active in the community.
“I want to be more visible both as an individual and as an officer.”