Houston, Texas (KTRK) – Houston’s ISD Police Department is launching its annual campaign to keep students and teachers safe during the upcoming school year, but school police aren’t doing it alone.
Houston Police and HISD Police say there will be additional officers on campus as the school year begins, and local ministers will be in schools, too. It is a coordinated effort to keep children safe.
For the past 30 years, HISD Police and Crime Ministers have collaborated on the Safe Start Project.
The partnership aims to prevent crime and provide additional safety for students and teachers.
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“We will increase our presence and evaluate the key sites we have identified, and we will ensure the safety of our children and teachers,” said Assistant Headmaster Pan Tian.
The project does not only mean increasing the presence of law enforcement agencies in and near schools. Students can also expect to see ministers walking the halls.
Reverend Floyd Williams of Project Safe Schools said, “Now it’s getting so crazy. So many things are happening in our communities that I never thought I’d see in my life. Our children are our priority.”
School safety is a key priority for counties across the state to get back to school after 19 students and teachers were killed in the Ovaldi shooting in May.
Additional officers will be available at the start of school in elementary, middle, and high schools across the region. It will also be available as needed throughout the year.
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