Students will be seeing a new face walking the halls this semester at Kermit ISD.
On Friday, the school district announced it hired its first resource officer.
Superintendent Denise Shetter says they are excited to have a local fill the role.
Deputy Rebekka Cogburn will take on the title. She has been a part of the Winkler County Sheriff’s Office for around two years.
“She understands the problems going on in West Texas, as far as growing very quickly,” said Shetter.
Deputy Cogburn was brought on thanks to a joint partnership between KISD, the Winkler County Juvenile Probation Office, and the WCSO.
“The sheriff’s department is actually going to hold the commission, provide the car, the computer, the bullet proof vest. All of the things that law enforcement needs,” said Cogburn.
The Juvenile Probation Office is providing KISD with some grant money as well.
This partnership is allowing the school district to better serve the nearly 1,500 students.
Shetter says Deputy Cogburn will have offices in every school building.
“Either when we have a bad outcome in school and we have to have law enforcement or when there’s a bad outcome at home and law enforcement gets called. Those students have a different version of what law enforcement is,” said Shetter.
It is that mindset of building relationships that Shetter says is key to the new role.
“It’s not negative, it’s not bad. They’re actually here to help us and to enforce the laws and make sure everyone has a safe and structured environment,” said Shetter.
Deputy Cogburn is set to begin on May 6.