The Triton School Corporation in collaboration with the Town of Bourbon is pleased to announce the hiring of the first ever full-time School Resource Officer, Steve Watkins. Officer Watkins is a 2000 graduate of Triton High School.
Officer Watkins is a certified Police Officer in the State of Indiana. Most recently, since moving back to Indiana, Steve has worked with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department the last two years in capacities such as, but not limited to: Patrol Officer, Deputy Sheriff, JCAP, SWAT, Police Instructor, Police Explorer Advisor, and with the Sex Offender Division. Before coming back to Indiana in 2020, he was trained in car seat, pedestrian bike safety, active shooter, and firearms while serving as a Patrol Officer and Deputy Sheriff in for 15 years. Steve, his wife Rachel, his son Liam, and daughter Makenna and reside in Warsaw.
The partnership between the Town of Bourbon and Triton Schools will place a Bourbon Police Officer in our School Buildings fulltime beginning in August.
The position is funded through a grant from the Secured School Safety Grant through the State of Indiana, Triton School Corporation, Town of Bourbon, and Bourbon Township Government.
“I appreciate our ongoing relationship with Triton Schools as well as the leadership of Superintendent Riffle,” said Ward Byers, Bourbon Town Council. “I also thank Bourbon Township Trustee Ryan Schori and the Township Board for their financial assistance.”
“There is nothing more important than protecting our children and staff of Triton Schools,” said Byers,” this partnership allows this to happen.”
“The intentional addition of a school resource officer to Triton School Corporation and the Triton Community will be invaluable for the safety of our scholars and staff,” says Triton School Corporation Superintendent Jeremy Riffle. “I am so pleased with the joint effort of social responsibility and shared leadership with the Town of Bourbon, The Bourbon Police Department, and greater community leaders to make this a reality. I am confident this is the right step for our scholars, families, school, and community. I am confident this move will proactively keep our scholars safe, but also provide our scholars with education and resources they need to increase their ability to achieve their best.”