Trustees Approve School Marshal Program and Additional Officers
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved implementation of a School Marshal Program as well as additional school resource officers at its regular monthly meeting on June 18, 2018.
The action by the school board followed discussions over the past few months on a variety of measures to strengthen campus safety and security.
Regarding the marshal program, Texas state law allows public school districts to appoint some employees who hold a current concealed handgun license as school marshals. The licensing program through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requires marshals meet strict requirements, complete a mental health evaluation, and undergo extensive training totaling 80 hours on physical security, use of force and legal liability, firearms training, and law enforcement strategies and techniques. The identities of marshals are kept confidential, and the law allows appointments for one marshal per two hundred students.
Trustees limited the number of marshals to ten individuals with preference to those with a background in the military or law enforcement.
The board action also included the expansion of the school resource officer program with the additional of four officers. Currently, the district utilizes Granbury police officer Jeff Hastings (along with Ben the drug dog) and Hood County Sheriff’s deputy Patrick Jones. Under the board plan, the district will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to local law enforcement agencies and then establish a memorandum of understanding with the agency or agencies. It is planned for the officer to be deployed on a rotating basis among GISD campuses.
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