ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Not every Round Rock ISD school has a police officer specifically assigned to patrol it.
Round Rock High School has not one, but two resource officers. KXAN has learned each high school in Round Rock is required to double up for safety reasons. Unfortunately, this leaves some middle schools with only a part time officer.
Round Rock Police say they want more officers specifically assigned to patrol schools. That’s why the department is asking for 4 additional resource officers so every middle and high school has their own working full time.
Sgt. Tate Hunter is behind the request, saying every school would be better off with its own officer.
“The more of us there are the safer parents should feel,” he says.
While the department received two additional police officers this year, bringing the department to 154 officers, they aren’t resource officers. Right now there are eight officers for 11 middle and high schools.
“We’re here to protect the kids,” Sgt. Hunter says, “We don’t want to have any type of school shootings or anything happen but if it does happen, we’re there and will do everything to prevent it.”
Right now, Chisholm Trail Middle School is one of four schools currently without a full time resource officer. Some parents we spoke with say they hope that changes come next school year.
Sal Rodriquez has two children in middle school. He says, “Now a days I think it’s very important, especially all the incidents we’ve heard about across the nation. A lot of communities and parents have been discussing that.”
The Round Rock City Council will make the final decision at a budget meeting in September. If council members approve the additional resource officers they would be at the schools in time for next school year.
In comparison, AISD has 43 school resource officers covering 30 middle and high schools. There are two resource officers at every high school and one resource officer at every middle school.