McCORDSVILLE — Schools throughout Hancock County are beginning to see the effects of a statewide grant designed to keep students and staff safe.
Bob Robinson became the first school resource officer to be hired locally with grant money from the two-year Secured School Safety program, which provides districts throughout the state with funds to hire police officers, enhance locking systems and more.
Robinson, a retired deputy from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, will serve at McCordsville and Mt. Comfort elementary schools. Officials in the county’s three other districts plan to spend their money soon on officers and other security measures.
“The only thing we want to do is keep the kids, the parents and the property safe,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s duties include welfare checks and truancy investigations. He’s no stranger to this type of work: While on the sheriff’s department, he monitored the high schools in Mt. Vernon, Eastern Hancock and New Palestine.
Retiring in 2006, Robinson became part owner of Strike Force Lanes in Greenfield. But these days, he directs school traffic in the morning, watches the hallways and remains alert for any unusual activity, from run-of-the-mill truancies to things more serious.