The Optimist Club of Sussex County presented its Respect for Law Award to Det. Joey Melvin of the Georgetown Police Department on March 4.

This recognition honors a police officer who represents the high regard that the Optimist Club has for law enforcement. Melvin, by receiving this award, was honored as a police officer for his work with youth in the schools and the community.

Melvin also serves as the school resource officer assigned to five schools in Sussex County. The Indian River School District schools include Georgetown Middle, Georgetown Elementary, North Georgetown Elementary, Howard T. Ennis Schools and the Georgetown Kindergarten Center. Georgetown Police Chief R.L. Hughes, who attended the presentation, also praised Melvin for his work with the schools and students while acting as a bridge between law enforcement and the community.

With most of his career focused on school-based policing and school safety, Melvin accepted a position in 2013 with the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security. As deputy director, he was responsible for the implementation of comprehensive safety plans in more than 200 public and charter schools in Delaware. He has also presented at National Conferences speaking on the subject of comprehensive school safety. Melvin is frequently published in peer-reviewed journals on subjects related to school safety.

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