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HISD leaders raise security considerations; police chief says team is prepared, but more equipment needed

HOUSTON – The superintendent of Houston Independent School District expressed security considerations that its police power must be higher ready for the next college year.

In wake of the Uvalde college bloodbath that killed 19 elementary college students and two lecturers — many districts are giving their security plans an intense examination and upgrades.

The HISD Police Chief Pedro Lopez Jr. mentioned his team wouldn’t be prepared if an energetic capturing occasion have been to occur at this second. He informed KPRC 2 more equipment is needed and its needed quickly. Heading into the varsity year, districts are placing a magnifying glass on their security plans.

HISD officers held a meeting Thursday to debate their agenda for the varsity year. A giant merchandise on the desk? HISD has requested for brand new equipment to make sure that their officers shall be ready and reply rapidly to any potential college capturing: 200 rifles, 200 ballistic shields, 50 rifle shields and rifle ammo.

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“What I do know is that if there was an active shooter in HISD, this department is not prepared,” mentioned HISD Superintendent, Millard House II.

“I’m confident of the alert training that our officers received. But I don’t have a lot of confidence in preparing our officers to encounter a suspect without the proper equipment,” Lopez mentioned.

He emphasizes the necessity to practice.

“You need to learn how to maneuver those doors, how to overcome breaching those doors,” Lopez mentioned. “And, we don’t have that equipment in order to do that. An example is that, we all seen that horrible video and scenes in Uvalde, when you have officers standing there with the shields that didn’t take any action. And that was because of a lack of preparation and training on behalf of those officers.”

Now, the chief says one thing must be finished.

“So, the equipment that I’m requesting is to provide additional training to teach our officers how to breach the doors, how to use those shields in order to quickly enter that room and neutralize the suspect. And of course, save our students and our staff members,” Lopez mentioned.

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The district mentioned the dialogue was particularly referring to a possible state of affairs like Uvalde’s. They mentioned its present security protocol meets TEA requirements. It additionally mentioned they’re checking all of the doorways locks — rising their video capabilities, upgrading fences and more.

The precise board meeting shall be held on Aug. 11.

Mayor Sylvester Turner mentioned they metropolis of Houston will step in to enhance and help all college districts within the Houston and work with the restricted resources.

“Reality is, that there are a lot of schools, elementary, junior high, high schools within HISD,” Turner mentioned. “They have a limited force, so to expect them to cover everyone of their schools with the limited resources that they have it’s going to be difficult.”

He mentioned this is the time to coordinate to make sure the security of scholars and employees of all colleges. Turner mentioned its as much as the state to offer further steps to make the security high precedence by repealing House Bill 1927 and improve the age of individuals that may buy a firearm from 18 years previous to 21 years previous.

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“We have way too many guns that the legislature still needs to repeal House Bill 1927, no permit, no training required. That needs to be repealed,” Turner mentioned. “On the local end, we will make the safety and security of our children and every school throughout the city of Houston a top priority.”

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