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Comal Co. Sheriff’s Office’s new program aims to protect elementary schools

COMAL COUNTY – School security, primarily security for our youngest elementary youngsters, is on the forefront as districts are heading again to college.

In an effort to higher protect them, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and Comal ISD are launching a new program.

“We wanted the kids that were going back to school to feel safe. And we wanted to reassure parents that their children would be safe there,” Mark Reynolds, Comal Co. sheriff mentioned.

Cutting out insecurity and exhibiting mother and father their youngsters can be taken care of within the occasion the worst ought to occur are two aims of the program.

That’s what Comal County Sheriff Mark Reynolds is working in the direction of with the launch of the new initiative.

“We’re hoping to build the SROs back up with our reserve deputy program,” Reynolds mentioned.

Right now, there are college useful resource officers on center and highschool campuses.

The reserve program is targeted particularly on elementary schools.

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“It takes us 30, 45 days from getting somebody through the testing and interview phase until we get them in a uniform with backgrounds and all that kind of stuff,” Reynolds mentioned.

The program has been energetic for a month and it’s drawing extremely certified candidates like Carl Heintz and Jonathan Wyers.

“Army veteran, was sent to Operation Desert Storm back in 1991. Then I came back home and enjoyed my childhood dream of a career in the Illinois State Police,” Carl Heintz, a member of the program mentioned.

“Houston Police Department at the age of 19 years old and spent my entire career there. And I retired with 32 years of service back,” Jonathan Wyers, a member of the program mentioned.

Both Wyers and Heintz had a renewed sense of obligation, following the Robb Elementary tragedy.

“I’m a father of two and soon to be a grandfather. And it, uh, folks shouldn’t be scared to let their kids go to school,” Wyers mentioned.

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Each reserve deputy has to cross a bodily on the rower.

Since they’re already peace officers or honorably retired, the time to get them prepared to be on campuses defending children is expedited.

“I’d like to be a part of combating that evil in our world and making a difference. Hopefully, it never comes to that,” Heintz mentioned.

If you’d like to be part of Comal County’s reserve deputy college useful resource officer program, contact Lt. Mark Long at (830)620-3400 ext. 2007.

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