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Student resource officers going to school in style for a good reason

A grant from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being put to good use for the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 11:37 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 12:13 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- A grant from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being put to good use by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

Two student resource officers had their cars decked out and wrapped in school logos and colors to stand out and to bring a positive message to community; one that connects students with the officers.

Both SRO's are more than happy with the finished product.

"Some of the initial comments have been woah, just because of the boldness of the color scheme," said Student Resource Officer and Deputy Aaron Gilman.

The bold comes in the form of two Dodge Durangos wrapped in school colors.

"I think they're awesome," said Student Resource Officer and Deputy Rob Rush.

McCutcheon Mavericks are red and yellow and the Harrison Raiders are orange and navy.

"We were thinking about the design," said Gilman.

The design includes school logos, every Tippecanoe County School represented and a shout to JDAI who awarded the sheriff's office the money.

"We wanted to have something that caught the attention of the public," said Gilman.

The public can now spot deputies Rob Rush and Aaron Gillman with their new whips.

They are the only two student resources officers for a school corporation with more than 13,000 kids.

"We wanted to give ownership to the schools," said Rush. "Both SRO's are in the schools."

"We really wanted those vehicles to become a connection piece between us and the students, so that they know they are a part of our community; we're a part of theirs," said Gilman.

The vehicles were made to show the energy and enthusiasm that goes into the schools.

As Gilman and Rush said, they hope community members spot their "bold" set of wheels.

Gilman and Rush said local companies Creative Inc. and The Athlete helped put the cars together.

They're hitting the road now so you should see the deputies and their cars out in the community.

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