A school resource officer in Peoria, Arizona, took her job to a whole new level by performing in a school musical alongside students.
Peoria Police Officer B. Griffin, a school resource officer at Sunrise Mountain High School, recently took part in a production of Newsies.
“It’s been really fun to take something I’m passionate about, which is dance, and be able to share it with the kids,” she told 12 News.
Griffin, a 15-year veteran with the Peoria Police Department, has worked four years at the high school. Now, she’s returning to her roots as a former dance teacher.
“This is a great form of therapy. This is my happy place,” said Griffin, who also danced in musicals when she was in high school. “I feel calm on the stage. It’s just something I’ve always loved.”
A teacher performed in last year’s school musical, but this is the first time a police officer is joining in the action.
Cast members said that Griffin was helpful in teaching choreography, as well as attracting spectators.
“She’s helped us get butts in seats,” senior Jacob Nelson told 12 News. “It was awesome to have her in the production with everybody. It was like she was just another cast member.”
Griffin said she was happy to give back to the community and show students a different side to police officers.
“To be part of this positive part of their life and just to show them that police officers are human, that we have emotions, we have talents, we give back to the community, has been an awesome opportunity,” Griffin said.
The play appears to have been a hit.
“Wow … that was amazing! Cast and crew for Newsies deserve an ovation! Great job! … You don’t want to miss this one!” the school posted on Facebook.