A new initiative from the Amarillo Independent School District aiming to help better protect its students and teachers is underway.
Amarillo ISD’s Director of Safety & Emergency Preparedness says this new department within the school district would increase safety measures across all campuses.
They’ve submitted an application to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
If the application process goes through, the two current staff members in the AISD safety office, who are currently commissioned peace officers through the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, would then be commissioned through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
School officials say the new department will not change the relationship the school district has with the Police department in that the Department will still have a school liaison program
As Amarillo ISD forms its own police department, they would be joining another district in the Panhandle that also has its own police department, Highland Park ISD.