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February 10, 2010 > Police Officer of the Year

Police Officer of the Year

Submitted By Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Photos By Simon Wong

Hayward Chamber of Commerce honored School Resource Officer (SRO) Kenneth Henderson with its Police Officer of the Year Award at its Annual Gala on January 30 at California State University, East Bay.

Officer Henderson grew up in the community he now serves. He attended Lorin A. Eden Elementary, Rancho Arroyo Middle and Mt. Eden High Schools. After two years in college, he served in the US Air Force for six years including a tour of duty as part of Operation Desert Shield in Iraq. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Senior Airman. He then joined the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, attending the police academy. In 2001, he joined Hayward Police Department.

In January 2009, Officer Henderson transferred to the School Resource Officer Program and was assigned to Tennyson High School. As a SRO, he is a mentor, counselor, law enforcer, trainer and, sometimes, school administrator. Tennyson High School's students, teachers and administrators are continually impressed by his ability to transition effortlessly between these different roles. He has received many letters of praise since he was assigned to Tennyson. He possesses an ability to speak with members of the community, a community that has traditionally mistrusted the police. He maintains control of his campuses and, attuned to what is happening, is aware of current and potential conflicts within the student population. His peers respect him and he is regarded as an outstanding officer upholding the highest professional standards.

He lives in Livermore with his children Anthony and Ashley, both in high school. His eldest son, Kenneth Jr., followed in his father's footsteps and serves in the US Air Force. Officer Henderson has coached Little League baseball and basketball for the past decade in Livermore.

Officer Henderson is an outstanding officer whose primary concern is safety in Hayward schools and of the Hayward community.

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