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August 6, 2013

Our Neighbors: Serving country and community

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

“The big thing I’m doing at the schools is making it a safe environment for our students to go to school and the teachers to work,” Dotson said.  “I’m building a rapport with students and my presence at the schools helps to prevent things from happening.”

Dotson said that working in the schools is one of the most challenging assignments he has faced as an officer.

“It’s like a small city and I’m there by myself,” Dotson said.  “I have to cover the high school, the middle school, bus garage, four elementary schools and McDaniel (Learning Center).  It’s a lot for one guy to do, so I stay busy, but the schools are safe and I get to do a lot of work with the kids.”

In addition to keeping the schools safe, Dotson gives classes on bullying, drug abuse, driver’s classes and forensic science classes.

“It’s all about building a relationship with the kids,” Dotson said.  “For a lot of them, school is the first encounter they have with an officer and we want it to be a positive experience.”

Dotson said he loves helping the community, especially mentoring children, and he plans to continue serving his community for the foreseeable future. 

 

rmcdaniel@sentinel-echo.com

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