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Donations help keep officers in schools

The Williamson County State's Attorney, Energy Police Department, and the owner of Pro Gun & Indoor Range each donated $500 to the program during a press conference Tuesday. The Williamson County State's Attorney, Energy Police Department, and the owner of Pro Gun & Indoor Range each donated $500 to the program during a press conference Tuesday.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois School Resource Officers Association got a boost in funds from local law enforcement and businesses in southern Illinois.

The non-profit program puts officers in schools across to the state to better protect our kids.

As school districts face cuts, it becomes difficult to keep resource officers on the job, which is why any little bit counts.

The Williamson County State's Attorney, Energy Police Department, and the owner of Pro Gun & Indoor Range each donated $500 to the program during a press conference Tuesday.

Officers say the program helps kids view an officer in a positive way.

Local law enforcement say this program is a great deterrent of all sorts of crime – and in recent years SRO's have been pulled from local school districts because of costs – so they're happy to help out in any way they can.

“Bullying is very heavy inside schools these days through social media, and there isn't a day that goes by in my job that I don't deal with kids that are bullying,” said Kop Heinle from the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.

“The DARE program has kind of fallen by the wayside and now, really, the only interaction and or protection children in schools have is through the School Resource Officers Program,” said Chief of Energy Police Shawn Ladd

It costs about $60,000 a year per officer and there are about 400 schools who utilize the program.

The officers work in schools from kindergarten through high school.

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