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Juvenile Justice grant could bring resource officer to Box Butte Co.

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Box Butte County Commissioners are waiting for financial approval from the state that would provide a school resource officer for the public high schools in the county.

Last month, members of the Panhandle Mental Health Coalition presented an application for a Juvenile Justice grant for nearly 30-thousand dollars to the board.

If approved, the money would be allocated to the Cat Shack youth center in Hemingford, the Alternative School program in Alliance and fund the salary for a school resource officer.

Box Butte County Sheriff Tammy Mowry said she would be willing to provide a deputy and use the funding for his salary.

Alliance Principal Dr. Pat Jones says he's excited about the idea.
"We're just excited for the possibility to have someone. Someone to come in and visit with our kids, create a relationship with him...he's here to support them if they have needs that are law enforcement based," said Jones.
Dr. Jones says he expects to hear about the approval no later than June 1st. The funding would take effect July 1st if approved.

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