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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Matt Liston Named NASRO Instructor of the Year

Matt Liston NASRO Award

Derby Master Police Officer and Community Education Coordinator, Matt Liston, received the Joe Harris Memorial Instructor of the Year Award, which the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) presents for exceptional service as an instructor of NASRO’s school policing courses and for serving as an exemplary ambassador for NASRO.

Liston has served as an instructor for NASRO for 19 years and is one of 40 instructors from around the U.S. He has taught in 37 states as well as Canada and Saipan. He currently serves as the secretary for NASRO and served as a regional director from 2006 to 2010.

“It’s nice to be recognized by my peers for doing something I’m passionate about,” said Liston. “I have been working in the schools for 15 years and wouldn’t still be doing it unless I loved it.”

Liston has worked for the City of Derby since 1992. He served as Derby’s first School Resource Officer, working at the high school, middle school and teaching two fifth grade DARE classes. He is a founding member of the Kansas Association of School Resource Officers, now known as the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association.

“Matt is a great resource not only for Derby, but for communities across the country,” said Police Chief Robert Lee. “He does a great job working with school staff to ensure the safety and security of all the students in Derby Public Schools.”

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