Central Noble hiring second officer

The new officer will be based at Wolf Lake Elementary School.

Posted: May 21, 2018 9:07 PM
Updated: May 21, 2018 10:18 PM

WOLF LAKE, Ind. (WFFT) - Central Noble Community Schools is hiring a second officer for it's police department.

The new officer will be based at Wolf Lake Elementary School because it is in the middle of nowhere.

"When I found out a second one was coming it was a sigh of relief," said Wolf Lake Elementary principal Robby Morgan. "It's an added layer of security, we already have a lot of things in place. But, to actually have a police officer will just help ease that."

The school is about 15 minutes from Central Noble High School, where Central Noble Police Department chief David Warman is based.

Recently, rural schools across northeast Indiana began trying to find ways to reduce police response times in the event of an active shooter.

Central Noble superintendent Troy Gaff says the second officer is the district's solution.

"It is difficult to get coverage from one of the town departments, or we have limited sheriff deputies in the county, so it is difficult to get county coverage. It's just hit and miss," said Gaff.

Since most school resource officers are based at high schools, Worman said the new SRO's day will look a little different at Wolf Lake.

"Sometimes the high schoolers aren't so excited when i get in the picture. The elementary kids are always high-fiving and hugging and telling you what they did. It's great for them to be exposed to law enforcement," said Worman.

"Being able to use that person as roll model/mentor for some of our students just may need a positive influence in their life," said Morgan.

Next school year Wolf Lake Elementary will be home to grades K-2 and Albion Elementary will house grades 3-5.

The new SRO will work the same days as teachers.

A state grant will pay for the position in the first year.

If you're interested in being a school resource officer, you can apply on the Central Noble website.

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