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By ANNETTE HARVISON
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has donated a 2008 Crown Victoria to the Greene County School District for use by the district’s resource officers.
This additional car, which was transferred to the school system on Tuesday, gives the GCSD resource program two vehicles for use to travel between county schools and to events. The district currently has three resource officers that serve the five schools in the county.
“We are appreciative of the Sheriff’s Office, and to the county, for this car,” Superintendent of Education Charles Breland said. “They will help us move the resource officers from one school to another more easily.”
The car donated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is equipped with radio communications that will allow the officers to communicate directly with the sheriff’s office and 911 dispatchers. This feature will save time in an emergency situation.
Sheriff Stanley McLeod said he is happy to help the school district in their desire to make sure county schools are protected.
“We are partnering up with the school system and their endeavors in supplying the schools with resource officers,” McLeod said. “I think it is good for us and the school system.”
Both the school district and the county sheriff’s office want students to know that law enforcement officers are there to protect students and staff at the schools as well as help those when the situation arises. Although the resource officers are trained and prepared to react in a dangerous situation, Breland said he hopes it doesn’t ever come to that.
“The new vehicles will show the resource officers and local law enforcement have a presence in our district, and they will take action for whatever situation should happen to come their way,” Breland said.
Earlier in the year, the district received a car for the program from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Breland said both vehicles will get new decals with the GCSD logo and information placed on them soon. Although the 2018-19 school year is nearing its end and the two cars will not be finished, they will be ready to go when the new school year begins in August.