LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Parents of Lubbock Independent School District students may see more law enforcement officers on campuses because of a new idea that is being put into action this school year.
"The Texas Department of Public Safety has partnered with the Lubbock I.S.D. to come up with these officer stations that are located within these schools. What we'll be using these officers for will be kind of substations for our troopers," Lt. Bryan Witt, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.
With more law enforcement officers stopping by, LISD administrators want parents to be at ease.
"Parents and community members may see an increased police presence," Kathy Rollo, LISD superintendent, said. "That's not to be alarming because that means that the partnership has been strengthened and they will be in our schools more, and that's a good thing."
LISD's partnership with law enforcement hopes to bring a positive light to law enforcement officers.
"We want to come, interact with these children and let them know that we're their friends," Witt said. "They can come to us with any kind of problems they're having, and they should look to us if they're ever in trouble."
Another way DPS troopers are interacting with students is through their new reading program.
"The trooper will come in and sit in front of the classroom. Read a book with the children," Witt said. "Emphasizing how important reading is, and also help us build that relationship with these children."
At a time when school security is on everyone's mind, this partnership goes beyond just keeping students safe.
"It gives us more police presence, but at the same time it gives the police an opportunity to interact in a positive with our students and our staff and our parents," Rollo said.