Leander ISD is in something of a unique position: because of its size (more than 200 square miles), the district falls under the jurisdictions of multiple law enforcement agencies. Travis County, Leander and Cedar Park law enforcement are our primary first responders to our campuses. The men and women in these departments put their lives on the line every single day, and we depend on their expertise and insight into issues that can impact our schools.
The LISD Board of Trustees recently renewed our inter-local agreements with the cities of Cedar Park and Leander to provide Student Resource Officers assigned to our schools, just as they have for the past 20 years.
Our SROs are officers first, trained by the police department or sheriff’s office. They undergo training in child and adolescent development and psychology, conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques. They are unbelievably proficient at positive behavioral interventions with our students and play an important role in the support and encouragement of children.
SROs do more than just provide a visible law enforcement presence on campus; they become trusted adults for students, helping to bridge trust between law enforcement and the student body. This helps create an environment of open communication and early intervention. These officers mentor students in need and can act as an educational resource, creating programs about the signs and consequences of criminal behavior, safe online behaviors and bike safety.
This summer, LISD will hire a law enforcement supervisor who will serve as an intermediary between LISD and local law enforcement. We are excited to add this new resource to support our SROs throughout the district. I hope you will join me in thanking these special people who have a heart for our students and help keep our campuses safe every day.