To improve student safety, three Liberty County school districts have added resource officers this year. The positions were recently approved by Liberty County commissioners as the county is responsible for 30 percent of the salaries and benefits of the deputies. The school district to which each is assigned pays the remaining 70 percent, which roughly equates to the amount of time they will spend on campuses each year.
The new positions created were for Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Tarkington ISDs, and the resource officers are actually deputy constables working for the constables in the precinct in which the school is located.
In Pct. 2, veteran lawman David Allison is the new school resource officer for Hull-Daisetta ISD. He works under Pct. 2 Constable Les Hulsey.
In Pct. 3, Tammy Bishop is the new school resource officer for Hardin ISD and works under Pct. 3 Constable Mark “MadDog” Davison. Bishop is a certified SRO through the National Association of School Resource Officers. She is formerly an SRO for Liberty ISD and brings a broad base of experience and training to the new position at Hardin, Davison said.
In Pct. 5, Laci Lognion is the new school resource officer for Tarkington ISD. She is supervised by Pct. 5 Constable David Hunter. In addition to being a veteran peace officer, Lognion is a part-time paramedic for Liberty County EMS. This is the second full-time school resource officer hired for Tarkington ISD through a partnership with the constable’s office and Liberty County, the other being Deputy Constable James Gardiner.