KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 12, 2019
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy ISD Police Department and local authorities are preparing for school to start this Wednesday, August 14. Training includes meeting with the Emergency Management Coordinator, hosting an active shooter drill, and reviewing district safety practices.
Katy ISD Police, local authorities, and some Katy ISD staff participated in an active shooter drill. Photo courtesy Katy ISD.
Katy ISD Police Train for Back-to-School
Katy ISD starts school this Wednesday, August 14 and teachers, staff, parents, and students are getting ready for the big day. KISD also has it's own police department with officers licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. The 60 officers and 67 security officers have been busy preparing to welcome students back into Katy schools for the 2019-2020 school year.
This year Katy ISD is projecting to have around 82,789 students. The district has 10,438 full-time employees and 549 part time staff.
Active Shooter Drill
Last Thursday Katy ISD Police Department partnered with local law enforcement in hosting an active shooter drill at Katy High School. "The active shooter drill at Katy High School was very productive," says Katy ISD Police Chief Robert Jinks. "We were able to meet with surrounding first responders to share expectations and responsibilities in case of any future collaborations. We were also able to work on communication issues between the different agencies."
Approximately 14 Katy ISD officers participated in the drill but that wasn't all. "Among those participating was many safety-minded teachers and administrators who participated in the drill," explains Jinks.
The drill took those training through potential scenarios. Specifics of the drill cannot be shared. "We could not have asked for a better group."
As part of the annual officer meeting and training, Katy ISD officers met with and worked with Ruben Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator.
Local Law Enforcement Support
Katy schools also have the support of local law enforcement. "We want to assure you that the safety and security of our children and school staff is our priority," says Constable Wayne Thompson. Thompson is Constable for precinct 3 that covers 3 school districts, who all have their own police departments. Constable Thompson ensures that precinct 3 is trained and ready to help in any situation on school grounds. Such preparedness includes:
All Deputies patrol schools in their assigned areas.
The assignment of a School Resource Liaison, who is also a certified SRO, to communicate with the schools regarding any needs or issues that may arise.