Zapata ISD adds police department

Six police officers started Monday morning. Each one is assigned to one of six Zapata school campuses.

Six police officers started Monday morning. Each one is assigned to one of six Zapata school campuses.

ZAPATA, TEXAS (KGNS) - Jesus Castaneda is dropping his son off to school at Zapata North Elementary School. Adding a police officer to the campuses makes him more comfortable with leaving his child at school.

“It will be safe, keep our children safer, patrol the surrounding areas and just, keep them safe.”

Six officers have been hired. Each is assigned to a campus. It's Raymond Moya's first day on the job.

“We are not immune to all the instances that have been happening in the state and other states. So we want the facility, the parents and the community to feel safe with their children knowing that there is added security and police officers to the campuses.”

Protecting the students is the police officers first priority. But acting as a role model to these students is also a part of their duties. These six officers will also get involved in programs to promote school safety.

“They are going to be used, not only to protect like I mentioned but to serve, to show our drug awareness, they are going to assist our counselors with attendance, they are going to look into our bullying cases.”

These six police officers will be in addition to the security officers that are already at schools.

The Zapata school board unanimously approved the addition of the police department. The school district is applying for grants to get vehicles and more equipment for their new police department.


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