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Cherokee County receives grant to fund new school resource officer

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Since the Newtown Connecticut shooting, many schools have adopted school resource officers to patrol the halls and keep students safe. Thanks to a recent grant, a school in Southeast Kansas will have two School Resource Officers.

Two school resource officers roaming the halls of the Columbus School District, thanks to a $105,000 COPS grant, awarded by the state of Kansas.

"School security has always been a concern for the district...for every school district in Kansas and I'm sure throughout Missouri as well." says Columbus Superintendent, David Carriger.

The 2013 COPS Hiring grant will cover the cost of the officer for 3 years. The 4th year is paid for by the district, and according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, you can't put a price on the safety of students.

"We work real closely with all the school districts. After the Newtown incident late last year I was speaking with the superintendent here in Columbus and given the layout and the way at least the junior high is designed, there's some real security concerns and having an extra officer for the Columbus school district, which encompasses 4 different campuses, will help us ensure the kids are in a safe learning environment." says Groves.

Cherokee county currently funds two resource officers - one for the Columbus School District, and the other in Riverton. Baxter springs and galena share an officer - who is paid out of private funds. According to Carriger, Columbus' multi campus district can now even safer.

"I think it's a great outlet on where community, school, and law enforcement can work together on a lot of different issues." he says.

The officer is expected to begin his or her duties soon.

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