ROSSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Rossville School Corporation has come up with a new way to heighten security in its schools. It's being accomplished through adopting a corporation specific police department.
Joe Mink recently retired from the Clinton County Sheriff's Office where he served as Chief Deputy. However he wasn't ready to give up the badge just yet, instead he's choosing to serve as chief in a place he feels he can make a huge impact.
"Sometimes kids bring baggage from outside into the classroom and they are scared when they come to school, well I want that fear to be gone I want them to immerse themselves in the education process," said Mink.
The corporation's superintendent James Hanna said the idea is for the schools to be proactive rather than reactive. Hanna said it's been a concept for quite a while. He started planning for the new position last summer while he was doing the budget.
"It came to light even more so after Richmond, but you had Noblesville and you had all the other events around the United States and we knew that we're not immune, that is something that can happen anywhere at anytime," said Hanna.
Right now the department just consists of Chief Mink but Hanna hopes that will change in the future.
Chief Mink's salary is paid for by the school corporation. Superintendent Hanna said to expand he would need help from the state, which is why he plans to apply for the "Safe and Secure" grant this summer.
If the corporation gets the money, it will likely add officers to help with after school events or provide assistance to surrounding schools.
"I'd love for it to expand so that we can cover more especially in the evenings, tragedies aren't limited to 8 to 3:30," said Hanna.
Mink is open to expanding, but for now he's taking advantage of all the one on one time he can.
"If I can really get that bond here hopefully that will carry on to the outside and the officers on the street will have the respect they deserve," said Mink.