Texas Agency Assigns Officer To Each Local School
December 21, 2012
The Grand Prairie (Texas) Police Department announced a plan Friday to bolster security by having an officer patrol each of the city's 47 school campuses beginning in January.
While Grand Prairie middle and high schools already have school resource officers patrolling them, department spokesman Lyle Gensler says they'll now have a presence at elementary schools as well.
Gensler said the plan is "an effort to better protect our youngest, most defenseless children in our elementary schools."
Read the full WFAA story.
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Rob @ 12/23/2012 5:01 PM
Finally a real answer to protecting our children. Removing weapons from law biding citizens and declaring a area gun free is disasterous.
Tom Ret @ 12/24/2012 8:22 AM
It is refreshing to read about chiefs in Texas who have some common sense in dealing with this threat. The other states should take note.
John Russell @ 12/25/2012 2:44 PM
Best Idea of heard of yet --way to lead TEXAS! Fantastic start..all PD are not supermen and cannot be everywhere all the time.
hank hill @ 12/25/2012 4:04 PM
GOOD FOR THEM!
Wayne L Chonicki @ 12/25/2012 4:10 PM
I applaud Texas decision both regarding school staff carry and the posting of professionals trained to protect our most vulnerable. HOW IS ANY ACTIVE CROSSFIRE potential casualties in any way NOT preferrable to a homicidal Troll's uncontested 'free fire' upon unarmed innocents???
Also... there exists a 'grass roots' movement to employ returning Veterans as 'Guardians'... we must not forget these brave men & women who have DAILY been required to be ever vigilant for furritive behaviors among a non-US population for the Terrorists who have no regard for the value of life... even amid their own Muslim population.
The overwhelming outpouring of public heartbreak over Newtown, CT slaughter has drawn the World news attention and shown our adversaries a 'low risk' means to affect intensive moral outrage. Sadly... WE must think... as THEY MAY THINK ~ Not ALL Trolls are lone and unaffiliated.
Dan @ 12/25/2012 7:33 PM
Yes because a gun free area is what people are talking about right now. Are you serious? Why are people posting anything if they are not informed enough to make an intelligent comment?
Every citizen should be responsible for every bullet that leaves their weapon. You can be sure if innocent bystanders are killed because nonLE are exchanging fire, there will be lawsuits; there will be civil accountability. A good example is Zimmerman/Martin. You're assuming the average citizen will be a good shot. You're assuming the average citizen can handle a high stress situation. We all know how many terrible shots we have within our own departments and we train far more than the average citizen.
Morning Eagle @ 12/25/2012 10:58 PM
Way to go Texas, lead the way.
@ Dan: I very seldom reply directly to individuals, however. I have yet to see anyone urging the use of UNTRAINED individuals to enhance school security. All must be properly screened and trained first. We all know that. In today's world for the use of firearms there is always liability, accountability, and the possibility of civil suits even in clearly justified OIS incidents. What if a couple of dozen "innocent bystanders" are killed because there was no one on site trained and equipped to stop the mayhem in its tracks due to fear of being sued?
Dan @ 12/26/2012 7:04 AM
My apologies. I was referring to the comment of "any active crossfire." I have seen MANY people refer to the outrageous fear that congress is trying to ban ALL guns and saying that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens will solve the problem. It won't. It will create new problems.
I am for cops in every school. However, I'm also more liberal and willing to pay for it through taxation. How will conservative people agree to pay for this? Our city has 21 elementary schools, nearly 3x more than our middle and high schools combined. 21 new officer salaries, benefits, equipment. That would be millions of dollars in new funding. Municipalities cannot afford this.
John @ 12/26/2012 7:46 AM
Well said Morning Eagle.
No school district would ever require an employee to be armed (with the exception of a paid security guard). But, wouldn't it make sense to allow concealed pistol license holders who want to be armed to do so after they complete district paid firearms training? The employees could train off the clock during their summer break. It would be a win-win situation. Staff members receive paid training (people often pay for this out of their own pocket) and the schools are safer at a minimal cost.
westcoastleo @ 12/26/2012 12:12 PM
Here is the deal tho,,, the day one of them officers shoots and kills a guy who he assumes has a gun, bomb, knife or any other weapon, dont second guess Him/Her for the actions. I can see an issue with a fire fight in a school room, lounge area or field area. The running gun battle on campus. Also, don't expect them officers to correct an unruly kid who is not listening or causing trouble in the class room. The officers SHOULD ONLY be assigned for security from outside threats only.
Dan @ 12/26/2012 2:37 PM
It's not a bad idea. I'm sure we would have some staff that would be willing to step up. I'm afraid most didn't get in the job to meet a shooter head on. I would expect them to defend themselves if faced with a shooter but the big question is whether they would actively engage. Police have agreed and expect the lose of life as part of getting up in the morning. Teachers don't. Although maybe they should.
A second thought needs to be given to the increased liability. Schools employing or allowing staff to carry pose a higher liability. I would rather pay for police officers than rely on staff.
I also understand where you are coming from but if LEOs are posted to the elementary schools I doubt they will escape standard SRO duties. However most kids don't hit 10yrs old until 5th grade so I think te case load would be minimal.
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