HUTTO (KXAN) – As parents send their children back to class, they can’t help but have safety on their minds. Now Hutto ISD is taking a big step in how they protect students: creating their own police department.
Hutto ISD public information officer, Todd Robison, says the police chief has been selected and signed his contract on Monday. They’ll be announcing who that person is sometime this week.
“This is a big step for a school district like Hutto. But as we continue to grow we feel we’re ready for this and we need this. I think it will help the city as well,” said Robison.
The department is expected to be up and running in 2016 with four officers plus the police chief.
The chief will immediately begin building his force from the ground up.
“From designing badges to designing uniforms, to deciding what cars need to look like and be equipped with,” said Robison.
He says it will give the district more flexibility and provide quicker response times.
“With the SRO provided by city, if there’s a large emergency happening in the community, that police officer could get pulled away. The city has priority.”
Hutto ISD parents are excited about the new department.
“So many coming people coming into Austin, and particularly Hutto, every day,” said Dawn Garison, a Hutto mom. “With that unfortunately comes more crime and scary things as a parent.”
She says a school police department will help give her peace of mind.
Bastrop ISD is considering a similar move. In a statement, district leaders said they plan on working with Bastrop Police and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office to start their own police department.
They say it will help keep school security a priority.