PfISD to establish independent police department by 2019-20 school year, ending agreement with Pflugerville Police Department

PfISD plans to establish an independent police department by the 2019-2020 school year.

PfISD plans to establish an independent police department by the 2019-2020 school year.

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During the upcoming 2019-20 school year, Pflugerville ISD will no longer subcontract its district police force through Pflugerville Police Department, according to a district news release.

PfISD Police Chief Patrick Pehtherbridge was sworn in Dec. 11 as the first employee of the school district's independent police force, according to the release.

The ceremony marked the beginning of a transition away from the district's current interlocal agreement with Pflugerville Police Department. Under that agreement, PfISD subcontracts police officers who are employees of PPD.

Petherbridge, who has served as the district's police chief since February 2017 and was re-appointed by the board of trustees on Nov. 15, will assist in PfISD's transition to an independent police force.

Following the Nov. 15 board of trustees meeting, district spokesperson Tamra Spence said district residents should not expect any coverage gaps at schools and campus facilities during the transition to an independent police force.

 
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.