Edinburg CISD Hosts Law Enforcement Summit

EDINBURG, Texas - The Edinburg CISD is hosting the 2017 Texas School Based Law Enforcement Summit. The five day training brings police from all over the southern Texas region.

Chief Ricardo Perez Jr. – Edinburg CISD Police Department said, "It's important, at least for south Texas, the police officers that work in the school districts, that they're knowledgeable on the changing laws. And, anything that can help us with how to deal with students, how to make our environment safe especially for all our students and our staff that attend our school district."

More than 200 police officers from 45 different agencies across south Texas are getting up to speed for the upcoming school year.

Chief Perez added, "Legislative updates, how to handle students with mental disabilities. Dealing with people that are combative."

School police officers are required to receive specialized training that your average peace officer may not learn at the academy. One of the big concerns being how to deal with an active shooter situation.

Gerald Arismendez – Brooks County ISD said, "In law enforcement, we always hope for the best but we prepare and plan for the worst. But, I think we need to carry that over into the student population, also our faculty. We need to make sure that they're keenly aware of what's expected of them, what they need to do to eliminate the possible threat."

The training also includes everyday situations like dealing with troublesome teens.

Joel Muñoz – Texas State University, "And a lot of more training has been focused on the adolescent brain. Because, studies show that the brain is not developed fully until you're in your mid-twenties."

Administrators say having the knowledge and skills to prevent a situation from escalating can keep students off the streets and in the classroom.
The week-long summit is organized by the Texas School Safety Center from Texas State University.


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