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Laredo ISD Police Department Prepares for Back to School with Safety Trainings



With a view to a safe return to in-person education, the Laredo Independent School District Police Department has organized several training courses on the district’s school safety plan. The trainings included a crisis / hostage negotiation course, active marksmanship exercises, crossing guard training and a course on the use of golf patrol vehicles on campus.

In early August, the Texas Hostage Negotiators Association helped the LISD Police Department complete a 40-hour crisis and hostage negotiators course taught by the retired Federal Bureau of Investigation, London “Max” Howard, retired Texas State University professor Dr. Wayman Mullin and Area 7 Vice President of TAHN and Texas Ranger Pedro M. Fuentes.

“Participants who attended were eligible to receive hourly credits from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. LISD PD now has a total of 10 hostage negotiators within the department who are readily available to respond to any situation, ”said Higinio G. Reyes Jr., LISD PD criminal investigator.

LISD Police Department, Laredo College Police Department, Union Pacific Railroad Law Enforcement Division, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Alice City Police Department participated in these trainings.

LISD PD trainings were led by LISD PD Chief Roberto Villareal in preparation for the safety plan for the 2021-22 school year. The department also held three active shooting exercises over the summer at Cigarroa, Martin and Nixon high schools.

“These exercises verified the administration’s response to our emergency operations plan regarding an emergency on campus grounds,” Reyes said. “The exercises are performed to see how effectively our police department coordinates efforts with the campus administration. Exercises help us establish procedures for emergency situations.

Additionally, Villareal was able to secure federal and state grants that provided the LISD Police Department with new equipment to better protect LISD students and staff.

“They were able to provide bulletproof vests (interior and exterior protective vests) and new police radios,” Reyes said.

LISD PD purchased three police golf carts for Cigarroa, Martin and Nixon high schools for the safety of LISD students.

“We are the first in Webb County to purchase police golf carts,” Villareal said. “We’re working on getting three more for Christen Middle School, Lamar Middle School, and one for LISD’s downtown offices.”

Before using a cart, LISD PD performed a pre-use inspection. During use, operators should always obey speed limits and follow routes approved for the use of forklifts. Operators must always give way to pedestrians (students, staff, visitors) and other vehicles or equipment.

Police carts will be used to increase patrolling and security for the safety of LISD students. The carts are equipped with approved sirens and police equipment.

“Police carts should only be used in designated areas on Laredo ISD property. The department is working to have the trolleys in the street certified, ”added Villareal.

In addition to their safety training, LISD crossing guards prepared for their role of helping LISD students cross the streets safely for the school year.

The crossing guards spent an afternoon at the intersections of Park Street and San Bernardo Avenue near Martin High School, practicing their skills in guiding pedestrians through a crosswalk, monitoring traffic and following the rules themselves. same.

“The brigadier training consisted of 142 district employees. The participants who attended the training were security guards, teacher assistants, guard services, an athletics department, teachers and district staff, ”Reyes said.

At the start of the school year, the Laredo Police Department sent out a reminder to the community regarding the school zone’s driving safety tips:

Be on the lookout for school zone signals and always obey the speed limit.

Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.

Never pass other vehicles or change lanes while driving in a school zone.

Never turn around while driving in a school zone.

Never text while driving in a school zone.

Never use a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, when driving in a school zone.

Be alert and beware of children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, on the streets, in school parking lots and before backing up.

Unless authorized to do so, never use disabled lanes or spaces or emergency vehicles to drop off or pick up children from school.

The main responsibilities of school crossing guards are to ensure that schoolchildren and pedestrians can safely cross busy streets and intersections. The crossing guards provide additional support and traffic control during special events.

Under Texas law, speeding or failing to stop can result in fines between $ 500 and $ 1,250 and possible license suspension. Additionally, drivers should be extra vigilant when driving through school zones and should never text and drive.

For more information, please contact LISD Executive Director of Communications Veronica Castillon at 956-273-1733 or [email protected], or LISD Communications Specialist Ashley Salas at 956-273-1734 or asalas @ laredoisd.org.