Sheriff Candidate Goldsmith On School Safety: 'No Reason To Change'

Sep 14, 2018

Goldsmith speaking on the Myers Pedestrian Bridge, Friday morning.
Credit Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Candidate Bob Goldsmith says his plan for school safety, if he’s elected in November, is to keep doing what the county is already doing.

Goldsmith struggled Friday to say what would differentiate his plan from a current initiative at campuses across the county.

The program rotates two officers through 20 county schools, and students may not always be aware ahead of time which days School Resource Officers, or SROs, are in their building.

“Right now, they like what we’re doing so there’s no reason to change it,” Goldsmith says. “We just need to continue to send our SROs to these schools and the trainings in the summer, they need to go to the safety meetings, and we’ll make adjustments from there.”

Goldsmith says his “stay the course” approach comes out of conversations with students and staff.

Some districts, including Jay County schools, are going much further on their own including petitioning teachers about whether they’d like access to guns placed in locked safes on school grounds.

Goldsmith is scheduled to debate his opponent, West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski, on Wednesday evening at Harrison High School.