Albert Slaughter: Calhoun SRO

Published 9:27 pm Monday, December 18, 2023

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Gaining his footing in the law enforcement community over eight years ago, Albert Slaughter serves Lowndes County as a resource officer who works day in and day out with the county’s youth. Slaughter previously worked at the Lowndes County Detention Facility before securing a position as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Calhoun High School.

Slaughter said his journey into a career in law enforcement was rooted in a set of characteristics he already employed in his daily life, and it felt like a perfect fit.

“Before I got into law enforcement, some of the characteristics already had were self-discipline, physical fitness and being able to follow instructions,” Slaughter expressed. “That went hand in hand with what law enforcement does every day. Law enforcement helped enhance what I was already doing anyway.”

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While becoming an SRO was not always his game plan, Slaughter said he has come to love his career and the young citizens he works closely with.

“I enjoy working with the high school students and all the kids in the Lowndes County community,” Slaughter said. “That’s the highlight of my job, working with the young people.”

Sergeant Prince Williams of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department sang praise to Slaughter’s work and said he is a true asset to the department and to the community.

“Slaughter has been a key player in the Sheriff’s Office for a number of years,” Williams said. “His dedication to not only his job but the faculty, staff, and students of Calhoun High School is unmatched. A towering figure, Deputy Slaughter puts his head down and works with compassion and kindness ultimately earning the respect of all who work with him.”

Slaughter admitted that while working with the county’s youth fills him with a great deal of joy, there are situations he sometimes encounters that take a mental and emotional toll.

“The most difficult part is when you see a young student who has been through the program and they end up in jail or the penitentiary, and knowing we weren’t able to stop them or save them,” Slaughter acknowledged. “If we had more parents that would enforce respect and self-discipline at home it would help us out, not only here at the school in the classroom and on the football field but also in the Lowndes County community when we’re dealing with crime.”