The City of Southlake Police Department proudly partners with all Southlake public schools to promote and ensure student safety. From the time students and staff set foot on campus to the time they leave, their well-being is a top priority.
A key component of our School Safety strategy is the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program started in the late 1990s with SROs active in the high schools and the middle schools. In 2013, following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, an SRO was placed at every Carroll ISD school to provide support to each campus.
The promise to support the highest school safety standards continued in 2018 with the commitment to place one additional SRO at each high school, install rifle-rated protected glass and video intercoms for each school with the ability to see and screen anyone entering. Other behind-the-scenes enhancements will also be put in place to help support this mission. There are additional initiatives underway to protect Southlake schools that are not made public for security purposes.
The City of Southlake’s SRO program and the added school safety enhancements are funded primarily through the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD). The District’s board works jointly with the City Council to ensure that funds raised through the 1/8 cent Crime Control sales tax are spent on programs and capital purchases to help reduce crime and increase public safety.
Carroll ISD, the City’s largest school district, works alongside the City with a multi-faceted program called Operation #SAFEdragon (Safety Awareness For Every Dragon). The #SAFEDragon program includes a number of Carroll ISD approved initiatives aimed at fortifying buildings, ensuring regular training, communication, and increasing staff and public awareness.
Your child’s safety is a responsibility the City takes very seriously. Your comments and questions about our commitment are welcomed.
Watch the video to learn more about the enhanced safety and security initiatives that will be supported with $550,000 from the Crime Control and Prevention District.