BPD Officer Walker Reddish stands in front of PCHS and by the SRO patrol car featuring a Pierce County ‘P’ on the hood.

Pierce County High School has a new resource officer.

After five years working to keep students and staff safe, School Resource Officer (SRO) Chris Hackett has left his position with Blackshear Police Department for another job with the Port Authority. Officer Walker Reddish officially took over as SRO at the high school last week.

Reddish is excited about his new post.

“It’s a great job. You have a set schedule,” Reddish says. “The people out here are very nice and good to work for.”

Reddish has been an officer with BPD for two years. He also serves as a community coach for the varsity baseball team and previously coached with the middle school football team.

“We’re excited to welcome Officer Walker Reddish to our staff,” said Principal Kelly Murray. “As a PCHS graduate, Officer Reddish has a heart for Pierce County High School and is already hard at work ensuring the safety of our staff and students.”

Hackett was the first SRO hired when the police department and school system partnered to have an officer on campus full time. Police Chief Chris Wright commended Hackett for his work as an SRO, noting it takes a special kind of officer for the job.

“(Hackett) was the tree planter for our SRO program. He’s done a great job,” Wright says.

“We will miss Officer Hackett.  He did a great job and we wish him well in his new role,” Murray agreed.