A Deadwood police officer has been named the South Dakota Association of School Resource Officer's 2012 Officer of the Year.
Kip Mau was awarded the honor during a ceremony where he was congratulated by students, teachers and administrators.
Mau is involved in Drug Abuse Resistance Education and coaches wrestling and football.
Association of School Resource Officers President Todd Runyan says Mau is a positive role model who students can look up to.
Mau says he was caught off guard by the award. He says it's nice to know that the people he works with appreciate his efforts.
The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers was created in 2007 and works to produce productive relationships between school officers and school personnel.