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Leander ISD Locks and Loads $1.1M Pledged to Form Homegrown Police Force in Texas School Safety Push

Leander ISD Locks and Loads $1.1M Pledged to Form Homegrown Police Force in Texas School Safety PushSource: Unsplash/Obi - @pixel8propix
Sophie Leclerc
Published on December 04, 2023

In a bold move aimed at ramping up campus safety, Leander Independent School District has taken strides to form its very own police department, aligning with the House Bill 3 mandate, which requires Texas schools to staff armed security officers at every campus. The district's board of trustees greenlit the establishment of the department last Thursday, arranging for an initial team that includes a police chief, an assistant chief, and ten marshals to start patrolling the school halls, according to KXAN.

Fueling this major overhaul is a whopping $1.1 million budget, as voted upon by Leander ISD's board, set to be funneled from the 2023–24 general operating funds. This financial injection will cover a comprehensive list of necessities, including training, insurance, and vital equipment, as well as the creation of an administrative role necessary to get the operation off the ground, as reported by KXAN.

The district's response to House Bill 3 has been unfolding over the past several months, marked by a crucial decision back on September 7. When the board of trustees voted to adopt an alternative standard to the law, it was crucial to establish a district police department and hire properly trained school marshals. This flexibility permitted the district to strategize effectively in a hefty recruitment drive: a $7.6 million blueprint for a sizable force of 35 school resource officers and 32 single-role marshals across various campuses. These marshals, unlike dual-role operatives, will aim to exclusively focus on providing safety and security services, equipped with 80 hours of state training and the authority to make arrests under specific circumstances.

More insights into these plans were shared by Miller in his interview, cited in the article from Community Impact.

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