Houston Auto Dealership Donates Vehicle to Calhoun County SRO Program

Steve Eaton of Eaton Chevrolet, Buick, GMC saw a social media post from the sheriff about the need for vehicles

HOUSTON, MISS, (WCBI) – The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has a boost for its School Resource Officer program.

Just last week, while a school resource officer was driving from Vardaman to Pittsboro, his vehicle, a Sheriff’s Fleet Rescue Vehicle, broke down.

“These are the vehicles that went 200,000 miles, on the second day of work one broke down and had to be towed,” Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said.

The three newly hired School Resource Officers, or SROs, for Calhoun County schools use older fleet vehicles. But today Steve Eaton of Eaton Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Houston presented Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan with this police edition of the Dodge Charger.

Eaton saw a social media post from Sheriff Pollan talking about the need for vehicles for ORS.

“We are the local dealer, what better way to support your local officers and your school system, we got together and decided we needed to provide them with a vehicle and that’s what we’re doing,” Eaton said.

In local governments, whether county or city, there is never enough money for everyone, which is why it is vital that private companies step in and help to meet these needs.

“I went to the council who supported me, the school council has been phenomenal, Dr. Langford has been phenomenal, it’s a collaboration of four entities that have come together to achieve this and it shows what can be done when you work together,” Sheriff Pollan said.

Calhoun County SROs say knowing they have community support makes their work easier as they strive to have a positive influence on young people.

“Especially in elementary and middle school, because these kids are impressionable at that age, you don’t want them to be scared of the police, we come in and sit and eat with them, tell them to come talk to us,” said SRO Jimmy Wiygul.

“We are grateful that they come out and give us this car, supporting law enforcement in general,” SRO Manuel Mata said.

Sheriff Pollan is looking for two more vehicles for the district ORS.

Sheriff Pollan hopes the SRO car will be scratched and painted within two weeks so it can be used by the Vardaman School Resource Officer.

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Ryan H. Bowman