Deputy enjoys building relationships with students

Deputy enjoys building relationships with students


Neshoba County Sheriff’s Deputy Dyron Talbert’s favorite thing about being a schools resource officer is visiting students and making their day.

Talbert, who has been with the Sheriff’s Department since June of this year, has made it a regular occurrence this school year to visit classes, particularly Tanya Mosher’s class at Neshoba Central Elementary. 

One of his recent visits involved showing off his patrol vehicle and equipment to the students, who got to turn on his siren and check out the gear.

“Tanya reached out to me asking if I could come by her class one day and meet the kids,” Talbert said. “I accepted because I wanted to have a positive impact on them. As soon as I walked through the door to the classroom, I could just feel the love in there, and I’ve been back there several more times.”

Talbert, along with his fellow school resource officers, Deputy Chris Strickland and Priscilla Castro, take care of the county schools each day, taking  the time to check in on students, talk to them, help them with their work, and even read to them.

“Right now, there’s a bit of a negative outlook on law enforcement and I wanted to close the gap between kids, teenagers, adults, and police,” Talbert said. “The kids ask me tons of questions. I love being out there with them and they tend to make you a better person. When they see a police officer at that age, they see you as a superhero. And if I can make these kids smile, I’m all for it.”

Talbert said it always makes his day when the students recognize him in the hallways and give him a hug and high-fives.

“I wanted to take it a step further beyond just patrolling the school and get to know the teachers and students on a personal level,” he said. “I want to let the kids and teachers know I’m an officer and I’m here to help. Besides keeping the school safe, I enjoy building relationships with this job. If these kids need anything, they can pull me aside and feel comfortable asking me for help.”

Tanya Mosher said the best part of Talbert’s visits to her classroom is the unconditional love he shows her students.

“He’s established a positive relationship with the students and it’s making a lasting, meaningful impact with this group,” Mosher said. “I asked the students what they like most about him and they told me they love how nice he is to them. It’s great they can have someone trustworthy to depend on any day.”

Mosher said Talbert has visited her class at least three times and has talked to the students about citizenship, helped them with their work, and even made sure they were all okay when the power went out one time.

“His love is something we all need, and the children especially need it,” she said. “The other day they got to see his police car, hit his siren, and even got to try on his gear and learn about the different tools he uses.”

“We appreciate everything police officers do each day to keep us safe and support these students, and how they make sure to let us know that someone cares,” she said. 

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