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City Of Keller : Connect Weekly E-Newsletter Aug 18-25, 2022

Government and Politics

August 19, 2022

From: City Of Keller

City Council, KISD approve new safety measures for Keller schools

The Keller Police Department added a new School Resource Officer to its ranks this school year, thanks to an agreement approved between the Keller City Council and Keller ISD Board of Trustees earlier this month.

The addition will allow us to expand dedicated coverage for the public intermediate, middle and high schools within our city limits. One officer will be stationed at Keller High School; one at the Keller Center for Advanced Learning, which shares its property with Indian Springs Middle School; one at Keller Middle School, which is across the street from the Keller Learning Center/New Directions High School; and one at Bear Creek Intermediate School.

The department is also rolling out an improved Campus Patrol Program this school year to further enhance the safety of the elementary schools in Keller: Hidden Lakes, Willis Lane, Shady Grove, Keller Harvel and Ridgeview.

Started in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, the Campus Patrol Program has had officers visiting KISD schools as well as Westlake Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School and Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy since 2013 to heighten police presence, strengthen relationships between officers, students and staff, and help officers learn the layouts of each campus. While the program's goals are not changing, the formality of the program is.

"It will no longer be left up to the officers to decide how often to visit a particular campus or whether they need to go inside the school that day," Keller Police Chief Brad Fortune said. "Each school will be visited every single day, and you will see our officers inside the schools every single day."

In addition to officers, school campuses will be added to the patrol routes completed by our Volunteers in Police Services team. And, of course, the district has security personnel on campuses as well, stationed at middle and high schools and roving among the intermediate and elementary schools.

Area residents will also see officers spending more time in school parking lots following a new push by the department for officers completing reports in the field to park at nearby schools while they do so. And the district is providing access cards to every Keller officer that will allow them access to every campus within our city limits. At KPD's request, access cards for KCAL and ISMS will also go to members of the Watauga Police Department to ensure access to campuses along the border during an incident requiring mutual aid. 

In the weeks ahead, Keller PD will continue our partnership with the school district's Safety & Security team to provide age-appropriate safety training for all students and staff. This will include Chief Fortune partnering with KISD Safety & Security Director Kevin Kinley in meeting with the principals of each campus to ensure consistency in safety messaging and a new monthly meeting between Kinley and the SROs serving Keller schools.

"Keller has long been one of the safest communities in Texas, and our school district is ranked among the safest in the state, but we are always looking for ways to improve public safety," Mayor Armin Mizani said. "This plan, which was put together with Keller families in mind, was a collaborative effort between public safety professionals at the city and school district. It will immediately go into effect as of the first day of school and will meet best practices established at the state and national levels.”

Chief Fortune has shared two updates with City Council this summer about school safety measures. To view those presentations and City Council discussion in their entirety, follow the links below.

June 7, 2022 City Council Meeting

Aug. 2, 2022 City Council Meeting

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