School Resource Deputy - Brandon Boone
LaRue County Schools welcomed the district’s first school resource deputy in October. Deputy Brandon Boone, an employee of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department assigned to the school district, provides a law enforcement presence particularly at LaRue County High School, but is serving all the district’s schools.
“My first goal is to build relationships with students so that they feel safe and are comfortable sharing their concerns with me,” Boone said. “My job is not to stand in the hall with my arms crossed,” he added.
Boone already feels like a part of the LCS family, he said. A LaRue County native and 2003 LCHS graduate, Boone coaches the high school’s bass fishing team. He and his wife, a special education teacher at LCHS, have two children.
He comes to the Sheriff’s Office and LCS after serving more than 11 years with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, most recently as a conservation officer, which he described as a law enforcement role with a strong focus on community relations. The school resource deputy position interested him, he said, because he wanted to play a more pivotal role in keeping schools safe.
“As the game warden, it was always one of my fears that something would happen at one of these schools and I wouldn’t be close enough to do anything about it,” he said. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to be in our schools every day and to work to keep our schools safe.”
Boone wants students, staff, parents and others in the community to equate his role with safety. When parents see his Sheriff’s Department vehicle outside a school, for example, he hopes it provides peace of mind.
While Boone should be the front line in an emergency, he said, his daily focus is to strengthen relationships and provide an officer presence, both of which are vital to preventing a threat to school safety.
LCS Superintendent David Raleigh said Boone was the right fit for the job, noting his personality, energy level and passion for schools will help him relate to students.
“We’re proud to welcome Brandon to the LaRue County Schools team,” Raleigh said. “He will be an incredible resource as we work to make our schools even safer.”
Raleigh also expressed gratitude for local partnerships that made the new position possible. The cost of school resource deputy salary and benefits is covered by a $40,000 allocation from LCS, $10,000 from LaRue County Fiscal Court and $18,000 from the Sheriff’s Department.