For the second year in a row, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office will be implementing OPERATION SAFE SCHOOL starting Thursday, August 15th. Operation Safe School was created by Sheriff David Soward and started in 2018. Sheriff Soward explained there are basically three parts to the Operation. Part “A” will include that for the first few days of school, there will be sheriff’s deputies at each school district in Atascosa County. The deputies will arrive early before kids start arriving and will stay on the campuses until they leave. “My deputies will be moving around the campus all day, in and out of the school buildings and will assist the School Police or School Resource Officers. In addition, throughout the school year the deputies will stop in on random days and visit with school resource officers and be seen on the various campuses.”
Part “B” of Operation Safe School will entail sheriff’s deputies, investigators and other sheriff’s office personnel driving through all the school campuses every school day. This will include marked patrol vehicles and unmarked units. Officers are required to perform this task multiple times a day in order to increase law enforcement presence on school campuses and provide assistance to the local campus officers. The concept behind Part B is that no one will know when additional officers will be on a particular campus at any given time.
Part “C” will have sheriff’s deputies on certain days, when available, parked near child-pick up at Elementary schools monitoring traffic and activity as kids are let out of school.
“My goal is that we do as much as we can to ensure the safety of our school children in Atascosa County. We have already been in contact with school police in Pleasanton and Poteet and with the school resource officers in Jourdanton, Charlotte and Lytle, as well as the superintendents of the prospective schools. We are ready to go,” Sheriff Soward added. Sheriff Soward wants to remind everyone to be vigilant at all times and if they see something, say something. “You can call the sheriff’s office 24-hour dispatch center at 830-769-3434 or call 9-1- 1 for emergencies,” the Sheriff stated.