The recently hired School Resource Officers are completing their training this week as they prepare to step into their new roles as SRO’s when classes begin at Carroll ISD on August 26th. Nine officers in total will join the three full time SRO’s that are already on staff with the Southlake Police Department. Each officer will be assigned to one of the twelve schools at CISD.
The process of selecting the top candidates for the job began earlier this year following a recommendation by a safety and security task force headed up by Southlake Mayor John Terrell. Other task force members include: Carroll School Board President Read Ballew, SPARK representative and Southlake City Councilwoman Laura Hill, Southlake Police Chief Steve Mylett as well as state, and federal law enforcement officials. The task force was created following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut.
Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett says, “We sought out and hired the ‘best of the best’ for our parents and students and our community. The officers that have been selected are experienced, seasoned officers who have advanced TCLEOSE or Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Chief Mylett says, “The role of our SRO’s will add another layer of safety and security to our schools and also help provide support and encouragement to Carroll ISD students. It’s about helping to create an environment where kids can learn and thrive and feel safe doing it.”
The enhanced SRO program will be funded primarily through the Crime Control and Prevention District; a voter approved local sales tax allotment that funnels 1/2 cent of every sales tax dollar into a fund designated for safety and security initiatives. The City’s general fund will also contribute towards the program’s costs.
About 30 officers from surrounding cities also attended the School Resource Officer training course that was held at DPS. The new SRO’s are Frank LaGrassa, Cheryl Womack, Ken West, Matthew Petrie, Richard Gallaway, Bob Slusser. Welcome aboard. (*Pictured—SRO’s and Sgt. Randy Baker ‘far right front row’ who will be overseeing the SRO program.)