SULLIVAN, Ind. — The Southwest School Corporation has appointed Jim Dotson as Chief of Police for its newly-created police department.
Chief Dotson is a Certified School Resource Officer and Advanced School Resource Officer through the National Association of School Resource Officers. He brings many years of law enforcement experience to his role, having recently retired from the Indiana State Police after 25 years of service.
According to a press release, the goal of the SWSC Police Department is to provide increased safety and security measures for the students and staff.
Over the course of the next several months, Chief Dotson and SWSC administrators will work to establish a fully-functioning police department that will offer consistent, daily coverage at each building and a point of contact for security across the district.
“This is a positive move for the safety and security of the students and staff at all SWSC Schools,” Dotson explained. “I would like to thank Superintendent Stitzle, Assistant Superintendent Stuckey and the Southwest School Corporation Board of School Trustees for looking forward and creating the Southwest School Corporation Police Department.”
He added, “It is our goal to add additional police officers. We will take the necessary time to carefully select the best people who are well qualified to be School Resource Officers.” Chief Dotson said it is important to note that the role of the SRO is based on the NASRO Triad concept:
“NASRO developed the ‘triad’ concept of school-based policing. It divides the school resource officer (SRO) responsibilities into three areas: teacher, informal counselor and law enforcement officer. By training law enforcement to educate, counsel and protect school communities, the men and women of NASRO continuously lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to school children and school communities.”
While Dotson works to develop a fully-functioning department, SWSC will continue to use LawMan Security and Consulting to provide full-time law enforcement officers.
The SWSC Police Department was made possible in part through the Secured Safety Grant funded by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Superintendent Chris Stitzle said Dotson is a welcome addition to the SWSC community.
“I am excited about this opportunity for the SWSC. Chief Dotson brings years of experience, expertise and dedication to this role,” he said.