Socorro ISD to add 23 police officers, assign police coverage to all elementary campuses
During its meeting on September 24, the Socorro ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve a recommendation from Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. to update the job description for Socorro ISD police officers. The change allows the district to move forward with plans to hire 23 new police officers, whom will be assigned to district elementary schools.
“In the Socorro Independent School District, our actions speak louder than our words when it comes to the safety and security of our students and staff which has always been our number one priority,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Over the last six years, we have continuously invested in safety improvements districtwide. We will now have police officers at all of our schools, including elementary campuses, to provide an extra layer of security for all our stakeholders.”
The district has posted the vacancies and looks to hire the new officers over the next few months. The new employees will go through district training once hired and then be assigned to an elementary school where they will be stationed during all regular school days.
“I extend my deepest gratitude to our Board of Trustees for continuously prioritizing safety in our district and supporting the plans I’ve brought forth to meet our number one strategic direction,” Dr. Espinoza added. “The fidelity and responsibility in which the Board and administration have managed district resources has put us in a position to be able to make this valuable investment.”
The district anticipates the investment in the 23 new positions will total some $1.15 million in salary, benefits, and equipment, which will come from the district’s General Fund.
Certified police officers who would like to learn more about this employment opportunity are encouraged to visit www.sisd.net and click on the “JOBS” tab to view the posting.
Socorro ISD has been extremely proactive in implementing new safety and security measures in addition to this new initiative. Previous efforts include the reorganization of its police and security force which enabled a police officer to be assigned to every high school and middle school and a full-time security guard to every elementary school.
A new, state-of-the-art video surveillance system was also installed districtwide. Through the system, every campus is monitored 24/7 by the district police department with a minimum of 15 cameras at each school. A campus staff member is stationed at the main entrance of each campus to greet and monitor all visitors as well as deter intruders. Every SISD school also has a sophisticated Hall Pass digital check-in system to implement background checks on all visitors, and panic buttons have been installed to instantaneously alert police in the event of an emergency situation. In addition, new entry systems are currently being installed to have visitors show identification from outside the building prior to being allowed to enter.
Published September 30, 2019
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