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Western Kentucky schools adding resource officers

With school shootings continuing to happen across the country local school districts are planning to add more police protection.

The Hopkins County School District currently has five school resource officers. Robert Carter, Director of Engagement, Equity and School Support, tells Eyewitness News the plan is to add seven more full-time school resource officers starting this fall.

The current crop is made up of three Madisonville Police Officers and two County Sheriff's Deputies. This new plan would look to pull five more officers from Madisonville PD and two more from the Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, the Hancock County School District is looking to hire its first ever school resource officer.

Nick Boling, Director of Student Services, says the school system is working with the Hancock County Fiscal Court on plans to a hire a school resource officer for the next school year.

Boling said their main duties would be split between the middle and high school while also serving the elementary schools as needed.

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(This story was originally published on June 5, 2018)

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