UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:38pm
Hewitt, TX — School is back in session, and Midway ISD says their campuses feel safer with the additional security in place.
Over the summer, 161 new cameras were installed on various campuses, replacing outdated equipment and covering areas that needed extra security. The district now also has their own police officers to patrol each campus, through a new inter-local agreement. With the on-campus security, officials say officers can respond to emergencies in about two minutes.
"It's been a really seamless transition into our new police force. The police officers are here. They're already meeting people. Everybody's getting to know them, and they're getting to know their campuses and owning it," said Midway ISD Spokeswoman Traci Marlin.
The district came out under budget on their camera purchase, so the new campus officers will be on the lookout for areas that need new cameras. Once the officers give their recommendations, Midway ISD plans to purchase and install more cameras.