Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix, BCSC Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Bill Jensen, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Detective Eric Stevens, Officer Julie Quesenbery and Mayor Kristen Brown announce a $50,000 grant to assist in funding the School Resource Officers program.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Friday, November 8th, that Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, in partnership with the City of Columbus, has received a maximum $50,000 grant to assist in funding two School Resource Officers for schools within the district.
Zoeller made the announcement at the BCSC headquarters along with Bill Jensen, BCSC assistant superintendent of secondary education, Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix, Mayor Kristen Brown, and the two new School Resource Officers, Detective Eric Stevens and Officer Julie Quesenbery.
Detective Stevens and Officer Quesenbery were chosen as the School Resource Officers because of their strong skills in community policing and abilities to build positive relationships with students. Both officers have previous experience working within the schools as DARE instructors along with other vital experience with young residents.
The officers will have offices at Columbus East and Columbus North high schools and will make visits and be available for all other schools within the BCSC district. The officers will focus on building relationships with students and collaborating with school officials to ensure a safe environment within the schools.
The $50,000 grant will help launch the School Resource Officers program, which will be funded by BCSC and supplemented by the City of Columbus. The City has added two additional officer positions to maintain a fully staffed Police Department.