From Broadcast to SRO

Interacting with people day by day, going home each night to parent three children all on her own, Deputy Sheriff Adriane Stone enjoys her living as a School Resource Officer.

Deputy Stone serves as a resource officer at six schools in Johnston County, but she wasn’t always in uniform, policing and helping students through their daily lives and struggles. Before she was an agent of law enforcement, Deputy Stone was herself like many students, unsure of what she wanted to do in life.

“I was doing my general studies and there was this amazing teacher, her name was Maria Lumbergh, and she was a freelance writer for all these papers and wrote the most amazing stories,” Stone said. “She led me into communications, and when I graduated from college, she got me my first job.”

Lumbergh helped Stone get a job for PBS working as a recorder on the Legislative Week in Review, before later getting Stone a job at WRAL.

“Once my contract was done, she contacted WRAL TV,” Stone said. “She told them about my work ethic and how I was. I came on with WRAL and I loved it.”

Deputy Stone loves her career in law enforcement, and feels really connected with her captains, lieutenants, and other officers of her rank.

“It’s the most family oriented organization I think I’ve worked for,” Stone said. “They have been my support system through everything I’ve been through.”

As a single mother to three children, it can be hard for Deputy Stone to balance her job to the law and her job to her children. Without the leadership that cares for her, Stone does not feel she would be able to succeed in law enforcement.

“Last year I got into my first shooting, and they supported me completely,” Stone said.

When she was offered a role as a school resource officer, or SRO, Stone originally found the thought appalling.

“Being a woman in a male dominated field and doing so well,” Stone said. “I didn’t want a position in law enforcement that I thought I was being placed in because I was a woman.”

However, when it came to her children or her job, she made her decision.

“He said ‘Adriane, for the past year, you have been a single mother raising three kids on a patrol schedule’,” Stone said. “Every single two weeks my schedule changed from days to nights. I worked 12 hour shifts, meaning I worked way more than that because of something bad happens or I gotta do a report, I have to continue working. I was a zombie. Your job is always gonna be there, but your family’s not.”

With her new schedule from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., she is now able to see her children in the evening, take them to events, etc. She feels safe, now, not having to worry that her kids may be in danger when she is not around.

“When I would go to a call and there was a home invasion in the middle of the night,” Stone said, “I would think ‘what if this was happening at my house right now, and I’m not even there?’.”

Stone loves her job and finds it gives her the opportunity to help set kids on better paths, feeling that it makes all the difference.

“There are plenty of young adults here right now that are about to step into the real world, and maybe, just someway or another, I’m gonna affect them by talking to them,” Stone said. “Whatever they come to me about, I’m gonna make them turn their mindsets around, and they’ll be more of a productive part of society. That’s why I love what I do now — I see myself actually making a change.”

Stone has  impacted the lives of many students, which has not always been easy for her. Even so, she doesn’t complain.

“I didn’t sign up for this job because it was easy,” Stone said. “I signed up for it because I wanted to make a difference.”