Ballistic shields donated by Montgomery County District Attorney’s office
The Montgomery ISD Police Department added four ballistic shields to their department’s tactical inventory last month. Thanks to a donation from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, the school district police force now has two rifle shields and two handgun shields at their disposal.
“We are grateful for the donation of these ballistic shields,” Montgomery ISD Police Chief Stephen Phillips said. “As a police department, we always appreciate the opportunity to partner with neighboring law enforcement agencies. Our department is fortunate to have a strong relationship with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office. We are thankful for their support of our department with this equipment, and for their willingness to share their expertise to help keep our MISD campuses safe.”
Training to complement the addition of this new tactical gear will be provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office. All Montgomery ISD campus officers will participate in the training exercises. The donation of this equipment from the district attorney’s office enhances the district police department’s ability to respond quickly and efficiently to an emergency.
The MISD Board of Trustees approved two additional police officer positions for the 2022-23 school year, bringing the total number to 15. Each MISD campus is assigned one officer, and each high school is assigned two officers. Since 2020, the district has added seven officers to the department.
MISD police officers are highly visible sworn Texas peace officers and are provided statutory authority to enforce the law throughout the geographical jurisdiction of the school district, as well as the authority to address offenses committed in their presence throughout the state of Texas. Officers complete all required TCOLE training and certifications. In addition to general law enforcement duties and responsibilities, Montgomery ISD police officers are liaisons within the district and help provide community-oriented policing services for all MISD campuses, facilities, and the surrounding community.