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KPD Officer Sean Cornett brought smiles, joy to Kingsport students

RAIN SMITH, Kingsport Times News • Apr 19, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Editor's note: The following story was originally published by the Times News in March of 2013. It is being shared today in memory of Kingsport Police Officer and Dobyns-Bennett School Resource Officer Sean Cornett, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. Kingsport City Schools are asking students to wear blue in his memory on Thursday.

KINGSPORT — Whether he’s conducting a traffic stop or responding to a domestic dispute, a lot of people aren’t thrilled to see Kingsport Police Department Officer Sean Cornett.

Sometimes children are present to watch him haul away a loved one, leaving a potentially negative image of police in their impressionable minds. But on a daily basis throughout the city, officers and children alike are enjoying interactions on a more personal, enjoyable level. During the first two months of 2013, members of the KPD conducted more than 350 random walk-throughs at educational facilities, part of an increased emphasis on school safety.

“They love it,” said Andrew Jackson Elementary School Principal Holly Flora. “When they see an officer in uniform walking through the hall, it’s like a rock star is in the building.” More about Cornett from our partners at the Kingsport Times News.

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