The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has placed two additional school resource officers in Hardin County Schools.

Deputies Kevin Bennett and Troy Talley began duties Monday at Bluegrass Middle School and East Hardin Middle School, respectively, according to a Hardin County Schools news release.

“We placed two deputies in the district in January and are thankful for the opportunity to place two more,” Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said in the release. “I know that Deputy Bennett and Deputy Talley will work hard and have fun developing and nurturing relationships with students and create an even greater sense of security in our schools and community in which they serve.”

The new school resource officers will be based out of the middle schools and spend time at the elementary schools that feed into those middle schools. Bennett will be the SRO for Bluegrass Middle School, New Highland Elementary School and Heartland Elementary School. Talley will work with East Hardin Middle School, Creekside and Lincoln Trail elementaries. “Hardin County Schools is dedicated to continued and increased student safety and well-being,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said in the release. “We appreciate Sheriff Ward and other law-enforcement agencies who continue to partner with us in ensuring our schools are safe. We are thankful for these deputies’ hard work and the relationships they will create.”

With the new hires, HCS now has eight school resource officers assigned to various schools throughout the district. Other schools with school resource officers patrolling the halls are Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School, North Hardin High School, College View Campus, West Hardin Mid­dle School, Cecilia Valley Elementary, Lake­wood Elementary, James T. Alton Middle School, Vine Grove Elementary and Rineyville Elementary.

Kentucky school districts will be required to hire at least one school resource officer for each school as their budgets allow as mandated by Senate Bill 1.

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