The Corry Area School District is familiar territory for Zak Erdman, who is the new full-time resource officer for the district's three campuses.
Erdman, 28, is a Spring Creek native and a 2010 graduate of Corry Area High School. He has been working in his new role since August and splits his time between the middle-high school (grades six through 12), the intermediate school (grades three through five) and the primary school (grades pre-K through two).
"Being back in my hometown and working at the school I graduated from brings back so many memories, and I love seeing all the familiar faces," Erdman said.
Erdman is a deputy with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, which entered into an agreement with CASD in July to provide a school resource officer for the 2019-20 school year.
"My main role is to provide safety and security for the district, but I wear many hats as a school resource officer," Erdman said. "You will see me involved in many different duties in the district."
Erdman has been working on establishing a good rapport with students, faculty and staff. He is also able to provide information and assistance for safety and security improvements on campus.
Erdman has also been a strong resource for educating students and staff on safety and law-related tips.
He goes back and forth between the district's three school buildings and divides his time as needed.
"Over the first couple months of the school year, Sheriff Deputy Erdman has connected with and developed positive relationships with our students and their families," said Bill West, director of secondary education for the Corry Area School District.
After his high school graduation, Erdman attended Triangle Tech and received an associate degree in specialized technology in the spring of 2012. A few years later he enrolled in the Mercyhurst Police Academy and received an Act 120 certification, a required program that gives trainees the skills they need in order to become successful police officers. He graduated from the academy in December 2015.
"Since the start of my career in law enforcement, I've attended multiple trainings and received multiple certificates in various areas of law enforcement."
Erdman has been with the Erie County Sheriff's Department for three-and-a-half years. He was previously assigned to the Harbor Creek School District as an SRO for two-and-a-half years.
He also currently works part time at West Mead Township Police Department and has been employed part-time as a patrolman for about two years.
Erdman previously worked part time for the Kane Police Department.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be here and excited to use my training and experience to help the Corry Area School District in every way I can."