Editor’s note: This is a clarification to a story that published in Wednesday’s edition.
The Alvarado ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution to investigate the possibility of creating its own police department during Monday night’s regular meeting.
If AISD create a department, they will be the fourth district in Johnson County to create its own police department.
Keene ISD created its department in 2015, Joshua ISD created its department in January 2018 and Rio Vista ISD created its department in October.
AISD has four school resource officers provided by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office who patrol all six of the district’s campuses.
AISD Public Information Officer Tommy Brown said this is the first step to potentially create a police department and they are not sure about the details yet, but there would ideally be one officer per campus.
“Keeping our students and staff safe is paramount to what we do,” Brown said. “If they do not feel safe, we cannot properly do our job as educators.”
AISD Superintendent Kenneth Estes said they are blessed to have strong partnerships with the Alvarado Police Department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are exploring the opportunity to create a school district police department to add another layer of safety and security for our students and educators,” Estes said. “The creating of our own police department would also give the school district increased flexibility.”