AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Independent School District is adding to its police force this school year.
Seven new positions were added. Six of those officers will be directly responsible for patrolling elementary schools.
That means for the first time an officer will be responsible to patrol up to 13 elementary schools.
In the past AISD police focused mainly on the middle and high schools with those officers responding to any type of situation at an elementary school.
AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez said the district provided the funding for the new officers as a result of what happened at Sandy Hook.
There are also crimes committed near schools. KXAN discovered that within a 1,000-foot radius around AISD’s newest elementary school, the Janis Guerrero Thompson Elementary School off east Rundberg Lane, several crimes in the past six months have been committed.
- Four aggravated assaults
- 10 assaults
- Nine DWI
- One kidnapping
- 17 drug related charges
- Five prostitution arrests
The new officers will also be responsible for giving presentations, attending PTA meetings and hearing concerns from parents and students.
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