Kyle PD increases presence at local schools

Staff Report
KYLE – In the wake of yesterday’s tragic events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, the Kyle Police Department (KPD) has directed patrol staff and officers from other assignments and divisions to make every effort to increase their presence at all of the school campuses in the city’s jurisdiction.
“We are working closely with our partner agencies and Hays CISD to keep our community safe and to provide a sense of comfort as our children return to school today, and for the rest of the school year,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett.
Although KPD officers routinely patrol the areas around local schools throughout the year, the students, parents and school officials will see a more deliberate presence on and around the campuses as the school year winds down this year.
Officers may perform a walk-through to check in with staff, they may park at or near the school to complete a police report using their in-car computers or they may simply park nearby and be a visible sign of security.
KPD routinely performs standard response protocol drills with area law enforcement agencies and Hays CISD,  keeping first responders and school staff prepared to respond in the event of an active shooter situation.

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