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School board establishes armed security program

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Last week, the Elgin ISD board of trustees voted to create the district’s own armed security department to provide commissioned officers to work in Elgin schools. According to state education law, a school board can employ armed or unarmed security personnel, enter into an agreement with a local law enforcement agency for school resource officers (SROs) or develop a district police department with its own peace officers. Matthew West, the director of safety and risk management for Elgin ISD, last presented the different school security options to the school board during a special meeting right before January 11’s regular meeting. During the ...

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