Adding a third officer and a police dog has enabled the Center Grove Police Department to spend more time walking around schools, talking with students, stopping fights and looking for drugs, school officials said.
During the 2013-14 school year, Center Grove’s three officers responded to nearly 400 calls and made 37 arrests. That’s up from 27 arrests and 145 calls two years ago, according to data the police department presented to the school board last month.
Center Grove, which has about 7,780 students this fall, is the only Johnson County school district with its own police department. The school district’s police department has grown since it was created in 2008. One reason for the jump in the number of calls is the police department started having calls sent through Johnson County dispatch. Previously, the police department manually logged all of the calls received, Superintendent Richard Arkanoff said.