LISD considers adding new police officers

Right now, they have three. They want to add the officers to make sure their students are safe.

LISD is considering adding three more new armed officers to their elementary schools.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A local school district is looking to increase its security at elementary school campuses. Laredo ISD is proposing to hire three new-armed police for Joe Garcia, adding three new police officers would be a relief.

He has two children that go to JC Martin Elementary, and safety is always on his mind.

"It would be more safe because there is a lot more violence and a lot of people and everything."

The new officers would help the district's three other elementary school officers patrol it's 20 elementary campuses. They are separate from the unarmed security guards the currently work at each campus. LISD Police Chief Richard Palomo said, adding the three officers will reduce the number of campuses each officer patrols.

"So this is a brand new initiative, we are looking to expand that program to increase visibility and also improve police response time to our elementaries."

Chief Palomo said the district is simply trying to be proactive, when it comes to campus safety.

"Given the recent events throughout the United States involving active shooters. This is an initiative through our school board and our superintendent was very strong about, we wanted to make sure that we had adequate coverage for our elementaries. This program provides additional police services to our elementaries."

The proposal is part of the district's annual budget plan.


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