Eanes ISD will increase the law enforcement presence at district campuses for the 2023-24 school year after trustees voted unanimously in favor of an updated school resource officer policy at a special meeting June 6.

Jeremy Trimble, EISD assistant superintendent of operations and planning, said House Bill 3, anticipated to go into effect Sept. 1, has certain public school safety and security requirements.

“We have to ensure at least one armed security officer at each district campus,” Trimble said.

Trimble said HB 3 will fund the district with $10 per student plus an additional $15,000 per campus to help implement the public school safety measures.

The district plans to have two officers at the high school and at least one officer at every other campus.

The updated policy will require training for each officer to be completed within the first 180 days of employment that will include psychological and medical examinations through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement; anti-bias approaches; and diversity, equity and inclusion training. Additionally, training will include confidentiality, human trafficking, conflict resolution, de-escalation techniques, mental health crisis intervention, active shooter response, child and adolescent development and psychology, and more.

EISD in the long term plans to create an internal police department to enhance safety and security in the district.