The search for a school resource officer has begun for Tell City Schools.

As part of an effort to make schools safer, Tell City Schools, in collaboration with local police, are seeking to hire an officer who would work at the high school starting with this upcoming school year.

The officer in this role would serve to educate students on drug and alcohol abuse pitfalls, minimize bullying, and keep students safe in the event of an emergency situation.

Tell City Schools curriculum director Stacy Kitchin says having an officer at the high school will help to reduce problems such as drug and alcohol use/abuse and will help students feel safer while at school.

Kitchin and local police are working together to apply for federal grant money that would pay for the officer to work for the school.

Tell City Assistant Police Chief John Allen says the $125,000 grant would come from the Justice Department.

Kitchin says the school hopes to have this officer on staff for at least the next four years.