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Officer Walsh Named 2017 Juvenile Officer of the Year

Post Date:10/26/2017

Bartlett Police Officer Gina Walsh has received the DuPage Juvenile Officer Association’s 2017 Juvenile Officer of the Year Award.

Walsh is currently assigned as the Eastview Middle School resource officer. During the past year, she served as a positive role model by implementing a service-over-self program to teach middle school students the value of volunteering and working together to make a difference in other people’s lives. Through this program, students worked together at Feed My Starving Children to package meals for children in Haiti and Kenya. They made Valentine’s Day cards and played bingo with residents at the local senior citizen facilities. They also sent letters to troops serving overseas, made blankets for the Linus Project and collected 20 pounds of aluminum soda can tabs to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

Walsh also teaches Project Alert at the middle school, which is designed to educate 7th and 8th grade students how to make good decisions regarding bullying, alcohol and drugs. After school, shevolunteers at the cooking club program that she created several years ago to help build positive police relationships with the middle school students. The program teaches students how to be responsible, follow directions and the importance of helping out at home.