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Sheriff cars put to good use – Ripley Publishing Company, Inc.

Sheriff cars put to good use - Ripley Publishing Company, Inc.

Don’t get confused by seeing former sheriff cars at your local school. It’s true – it’s a sheriff’s vehicle now owned by the individual school and driven by the School Resource Officer.

When Dan Goris retired from his career with the Indiana State Police, he wasn’t quite done with law enforcement. He simply traded hats and became a Jac-Cen-Del Eagle School Resource Officer. Seeing a need for a vehicle, he went to Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth to see if it was possible to buy one of their old patrol cars when it needed to be replaced. With the approval of the commissioners, Sheriff Cumberworth agreed to sell JCD a car for $1.00. Some graphics have been added to the vehicle with the text “School Resource Officer”.

At that time, Milan School Corp. an unmarked old sheriff’s SUV that was purchased from Dearborn County in 2015 for $1.00.

When the City of Versailles decided to stop providing an officer to serve as School Resource Officer for South Ripley School Corporation, the school hired a full-time SRO from the school organization. Eddie Rodriguez was hired and named a special deputy through the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department. At the beginning of this school year, the school purchased a car for $1.00, again from the Sheriff’s Office.

Now Milan has joined the other schools and bought a car for $1.00 at the Sheriff’s Office. All three cars still have the sheriff’s markings, but additional graphics have been added to show they are driven by School Resource Officers.

“The SRO cars have been very helpful to the schools. The cars will be used to check if students are supposed to be at school and to help transport students who missed the bus,” noted Goris, who has left his position at JCD and now works at Milan Schools with the retirement of Noel Houze. He continued, “Often the SRO takes a school administrator into a home when the administrator needs to talk to the parents. The cars are also used to assist school traffic and allow the SROs to have the cars for after school events such as sporting events and dance parties.

“The presence of the sheriff’s car at the school lets everyone know that there is a police officer working in the schools,” Goris concluded.