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Blevins schools gain resource police officer

Blevins schools gain resource police officer

February 15th, 2019 by Jim Williamson in Texarkana News

An agreement to hire a Blevins School District resource officer has been worked out between the school district and Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton.

"In order to provide for the safety of our children, we've entered a partnership to provide a full time resource officer on the Blevins campus. The Blevins school board on Monday night approved funds for the remainder of the school year to pay for the deputy's salary," said Singleton.

Deputy Orlando Dennis has been assigned as a full-time School Resource Officer for the Blevins School District. Dennis began his duties on Wednesday and will be on campus until the last day of school on May 24.

For the three months, the county will be reimbursed $11,727.40 to pay the salary of the resource officer for the next three months and the expenses.

Singleton and Blevins school officials will discuss a contract for the 2019-2020 school year at a later date.

"I am proud that we were able to work out details on funding for the rest of this school year and I look forward to discussing keeping the resource officer on campus next year. Funding has always been an issue and I am glad that the school district was able to find the funds to have a deputy on campus full time," said Singleton.

"It is money well spent," he said.

"This will be good for the school district and good for the city of Blevins," Singleton said.

The approval of a resource officer for Blevins was prompted after a recent fight between Mineral Springs and Blevins fans.

Three people were charged for fighting. An estimated 100 people were involved in the fight, according to the Hempstead County Sheriff's report.

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