Barnes has been employed with the Orlando Police Department for 16 years and holds the rank of Master Police Officer. He has been a school resource officer for 12 years, 11 of which he served at Jones High School. He has since served at Memorial Middle School. Being an SRO has afforded Barnes the opportunity to fulfill his passions of working in law enforcement and mentoring youth.
Serving at Jones High School allowed Barnes to work closely with many troubled inner-city youth. Through his position, he set an example for numerous young people by showing another side of law enforcement through hours of mentoring in efforts to keep youth out of the criminal justice system.
Barnes’ message to every troubled teenager or child centers around the short and long-term consequences for negative behavior. However, he also shares ways for the youth to better themselves and channel their negative energy into something positive. Barnes considers his efforts successful when mentees graduate and continue to remember and demonstrate the constructive values he instilled in them.
Barnes is a recipient of the Central Florida YMCA Black Youth / Teen Achievers Program Adult Achiever Volunteer Award. The YMCA Teen Achievers assist minority youth and teens in preparing, pursuing and achieving success after high school. Barnes also volunteered with the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Its mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive acts.
Damon is an active member of the Edward Waters College National Alumni Association and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.