Dusty and Blaze are the very first of the School Resource Officer K-9 Program in Middle Tennessee and only the second in the state. The program, also known as “Paws on Patrol”, will be utilized for prevention, mitigation, and education while empowering students and stakeholders to feel safer on campus. K-9 Blaze brings many benefits to the district, for both adults and children, such as enhanced firearm detection capabilities, overall stress reduction, increased morale, child-friendly interactions, and relationship opportunities.

The program is a multi-year commitment from both the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Lebanon Special School District in an effort to provide an enhanced law enforcement service to all of the students and staff within the district. SRO Burton and K-9 Blaze have completed the necessary training requirements and have made an appearance on each of the district’s school campuses throughout the day today. Stay tuned for more to come as they are eager to make a huge impact in our community.