AUSTIN, Texas -- Under the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott through his school safety initiative, the Texas Department of Public Safety began increasing their presence at all schools across the state.
Lake Travis ISD is the fastest growing school district in Texas with more than 10,000 students and it continues to grow.
Currently, the school district has two full-time resource officers at Lake Travis High School. They also get some help from the Bee Cave and Lakeway Police Departments, but this year DPS troopers are also patrolling the campus. A district spokesperson said their community has welcomed having added security to their campuses.
The new partnership began at the start of the school year.
“The DPS Troopers are on campus. They are encouraged to interact with parents, interact with students. If there is a campus event that they can perhaps stay and be a part of that is great. We do understand though that they can perhaps get called into duty at a moment’s notice. Again, we want them to be a part of the school community. They have been, this is just on a more frequent and consistent basis and we welcome that partnership,” said Marco Alvarado, Lake Travis ISD director of communications.
Troopers stop by all nine campuses, park out front, come inside the schools and usually set up in an office or library to fill out their reports. The troopers also make it a point to interact with students so they feel safe and know a law enforcement officer is nearby. They can conduct walk-throughs in and around school campuses as well as patrol nearby. The extra security gives peace of mind to staff on campuses without an uniformed officer.
There isn't a set schedule for when the troopers will stop by a school, but they typically show up whenever they need to do paperwork or have extra time.