Last week during the March 22 Regular Board Meeting, the CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved an item to create a CISD Police Department as part of CISD’s commitment to providing the safest and most secure environments for its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
“There is a big difference between having a recognized police department versus having a fully staffed and equipped police force,” said Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Superintendent of CISD. “We currently employ a variety of security officers and uniformed police officers to patrol our campuses and administrative buildings each day. The decision to outsource our uniformed police officers is not going to change anytime soon as our district budget does not currently allow us to purchase and support everything that a fully staffed police department needs. I appreciate the efforts of the CISD Administration and the Board of Trustees for allowing Canutillo to have this opportunity,” said Dr. Galaviz.
This decision was a preliminary first step to submit an application to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to obtain the state’s accreditation for the Canutillo Independent School District Police Department.
Once CISD receives this accreditation, the district can then apply for a variety of federal, state or foundation grants that will allow CISD to augment the current or future police services and equipment offered to the district. This could include surveillance cameras, educational initiatives, and law enforcement equipment.
This application process will take approximately three months at a minimal cost to the District.