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Taylor Schools hire fourth school resource officer

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Tim Coppage will be stationed at Taylor County Primary Center

By Zac Oakes

 

In an effort to provide a safer school environment, as well as help with traffic control around Taylor County Primary Center, Taylor County Schools Superintendent Charles Higdon Jr. announced that the district has hired a fourth school resource officer. 

Tim Coppage was named as the school district’s fourth SRO and will primarily be stationed at Taylor County Primary School, according to Higdon. Coppage retired from the Campbellsville Police Department in 2010 after 20 years of service. He served as the Campbellsville Police Department’s K9 officer from 1994 until his retirement. 

According to a Jan. 2011 CKNJ story about Coppage’s retirement from CPD, he is trained in homeland security, computer crimes investigations, advanced narcotics, and public/police safety. 

After retiring from CPD, he worked under former Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp part-time and has worked as a deputy with Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton, as well. 

The addition of Coppage means each school in the district will have an SRO. Bobby Gribbins, Ricky Underwood, and Robbie VanCleave also serve as SROs for the Taylor County School District. 

Higdon said each of the officers are assigned to a particular school where they will be stationed and regularly patrol, but they will come together if a situation arises in which additional support is needed. 

Coppage will become a familiar face in the school as someone students get to know. In addition to providing security, he will also provide traffic control for Taylor County Primary Center. 

Higdon credited a partnership with Taylor County Judge Executive Eddie Rogers, the Taylor County Fiscal Court, and Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office as being influential in the process of bringing another SRO into the district. 

“The SRO is being financed through a partnership with Judge Eddie Rogers and the Taylor County Fiscal Court,” Higdon said. “Sherriff Allen Newton has worked out the staffing plan and will be in charge of his employment and training. The addition of a fourth SRO, to protect all four Taylor County Schools, was a vision turned into a reality through [their] leadership.”