Smith named resource officer at Southeast SchoolsOctober 25, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — There’s a new school resource officer in town.
In January, Dubois County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Smith will join the ranks of school resource officers in the county when he begins serving the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. The sheriff’s office announced Smith’s appointment on its Facebook page Thursday.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with kids,” Smith said, adding that he served as a youth pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Huntingburg.
He now attends Redemption Christian Church in Jasper with his wife, Lacey, and their two children. The family lives in Jasper.
Smith said he’s looking forward to working in the school setting and getting to know the kids. He’s hoping he can be a positive example of law enforcement for them.
“A lot of kids, the only time they may see law enforcement is when their friend or family member is getting arrested or pulled over and getting a ticket,” he said.
Smith grew up near Otwell and earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Vincennes University Jasper Campus. He began his law enforcement career in 2010 as a reserve officer with the Ferdinand Police Department before joining the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office in 2013.
Smith said he likes the law enforcement field because there are so many different things you can do in it. As a reserve officer, he helped manage events in Ferdinand and supported the town’s police department. With the sheriff’s office, he’s been patrolling the road all across the county.
“The best part is getting to be there for people in their time of need,” he said. “I always try to put my best foot forward, especially in dark situations, and be that light people may not otherwise see.”
For the last several years, Smith has been on night shift, so he’s looking forward to getting to interact with the world during daylight hours in his new position.
“I’m just looking forward to seeing people during the day and working on a relationship-building basis,” he said.
Smith will be first school resource officer for Southeast Dubois, though he’s not the first in Dubois County. Greater Jasper, Southwest Dubois and Northeast Dubois all have school resource officers. Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Lampert serves at Northeast Dubois, and Smith said he plans to work closely with Lampert to build the position at Southeast Dubois. He also plans to seek counsel from the county’s other school resource officers, though they aren’t in his department. Jasper Police Department officers Jason Knies and Brian Lampert serve at Greater Jasper, and Huntingburg Police Department Officer Andy Hammack serves Southwest Schools.
Smith will begin in his new position in January.
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