Agreement allows Sheriff’s Deputy to Work in High Schools

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By The Staff

Bullitt County Public Schools and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department are pleased to announce that Deputy Carl Trent has been assigned to work in Bullitt Central, Bullitt East and North Bullitt High School for the 2009-2010 school year.

The official announcement will be made at a press conference Friday, July 31, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bullitt County Board of Education office, 1040 Highway 44 East in Shepherdsville.

Lieutenant Trent will work one day a week at BCHS, one day at BEHS and one day at NBHS. On the remaining two week days he will plan activities, perform small group presentations, schedule meetings and visit middle schools that feed into high schools.

Lt. Trent’s assignment to the high schools will not cost the school district any funds.

Superintendent Keith Davis lauded the arrangement.

“This should be good for everyone,” he said. “I appreciate the initiative of Sheriff Donnie Tinnell and his support of our schools.”

Sheriff Tinnell said Lt. Trent’s presence among high school students and staff is a good example of community relations between the school system and the sheriff’s office.

“Our intentions are building relationships between students and law enforcement, providing a presence in the schools, and help with any law enforcement activities requiring attention,” he said.

Lt. Trent has 19 years experience in law enforcement; 16 of those years with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.

His duties include patrol, accident reconstruction, and serving on the rapid response team. Lt. Trent looks forward to working in the high schools.

“My goal is to connect with the kids,” he said. “This role is not about putting a cop in a school. Students and staff will see an officer interested in supporting their school.”

On days he is not in a high school, Lt. Trent looks forward to visiting middle schools.

“I’ll pop in at Hebron and ask Mr. (John) Barbagallo if I can talk to some classes,” he said.

Lt. Trent will maintain most of his sheriff’s duties while working in the high schools so he may be called away in case of a serious accident.

He feels working in high schools will be positive for both the sheriff’s department and the school system.

"It’s law enforcement with a school and community connection,” he said.

Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.