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[SPANISH] GOOD AFTERNOON.

[CALL TO ORDER]

THIS MEETING IS NOW CONVENED. THE TIME IS 2:01 P.M.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT IN THE BOARD AUDITORIUM ARE TRUSTEE WADE, TRUSTEE CRUZ, TRUSTEE DEIGAARD, TRUSTEE BAKER, TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ, TRUSTEE BLUEFORD-DANIELS.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE TO PLEASE SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES.

OUR FIRST

[ADJOURN TO CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSES LISTED IN THIS NOTICE]

THE BOARD WILL NOW ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION UNDER CHAPTER 551 OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE OPEN MEETINGS ACT SUBSECTIONS 551 .004, .071, .072, .073, .074, .076, .082, .0821, .083, .084, .089.

SHOULD BOARD FINAL ACTION VOTE OR DECISION ON ANY MATTER CONSIDERED IN THE CLOSED SESSION BE REQUIRED SUCH FINAL ACTION, VOTE OR DECISION SHALL BE TAKEN AT THE OPEN MEETING COVERED BY THIS NOTICE UPON THE RECONVENING OF THIS PUBLIC MEETING OR AT A SUBSEQUENT PUBLIC MEETING OF THE BOARD UPON NOTICE THEREOF.

THE BOARD HAS ADJOURNED TO CLOSED SESSION AT 2:02 P.M.

[RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION (IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION)]

THE BOARD IS NOW RECONVENED IN OPEN SESSION AT 2:12 P.M.

[SPEAKERS TO AGENDA ITEMS]

OUR FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IS TO HEAR FROM SPEAKERS TO SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEMS. WE HAVE TEN SPEAKERS WHO SHALL BE LIMITED TO 2 MINUTES EACH PER BOARD POLICY.

PLEASE SPEAK TO THE AGENDA ITEM YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR.

WE ALSO ASK THAT SPEAKERS STAY ON TOPIC AND REFRAIN FROM NAMING INDIVIDUALS, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS, AS THEIR IDENTITY IS PROTECTED UNDER LAW.

BUT YOU MAY NAME YOUR OWN CHILD.

SPEAKERS SHOULD PRACTICE NORMAL RULES OF DECORUM.

OBSCENE LANGUAGE AND PROFANITY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AS THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING AND OUR STUDENTS ARE WATCHING.

ADDITIONALLY, DISRUPTIONS OF THE MEETING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

WE ASK THE AUDIENCE TO REFRAIN FROM INTERRUPTING SPEAKERS WHILE THEY PRESENT TO THE BOARD DURING THIS PORTION OF THE MEETING AND TO PROMPTLY END THEIR REMARKS WHEN THE TIMER RINGS INDICATING THE EXPIRATION OF THEIR TIME.

SPEAKERS WILL GENERALLY BE GIVEN TWO REMINDERS OF OUR PUBLIC COMMENT RULES.

IF THE SPEAKER CONTINUES TO VIOLATE THE RULES AFTER THESE REMINDERS THE SPEAKER WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE MEETING.

ZOOM SPEAKERS PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE MUST SEE YOU LIVE WITH YOUR CAMERA ON AS YOU SPEAK.

IF YOU'RE WATCHING THE MEETING LIVE ON ANOTHER DEVICE, PLEASE MUTE THE MEETING AUDIO WHEN YOU SPEAK TO AVOID AUDIO INTERFERENCE.

TURN ON YOUR CAMERA AND BEGIN SPEAKING.

ALL OF OUR REGISTERED SPEAKERS ARE SIGNED UP TO ADDRESS OUR WORKSHOP TOPIC POLICE FUNCTION.

WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE SPEAK DIRECTLY INTO THE MICROPHONE.

THE CLOCK ON THE WALL TO YOUR RIGHT AND THE PODIUM AND ON THE PODIUM WILL COUNT DOWN YOUR TIME AND WILL SIGNAL WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP.

WILL SABA BLANDING PLEASE COME TO THE PODIUM.

AS I CALL THE NEXT THREE NAMES PLEASE TAKE A SEAT ON THE FRONT ROW.

CAROLINE DUBLE, CHRISTOPHER RIVERA.

HI, I THINK IT WAS SABA BLANDING ENDING SO I WENT AHEAD AND CAME UP.

MY NAME IS SABA BLANDING.

I'M A RESIDENT AND TAXPAYER OF HISD.

I AM A MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN IN HISD.

I AM ALSO PARTNERED WITH AN EDUCATOR.

YOU ARE HOSTING A WORKSHOP ON SAFETY AND POLICE FUNCTION DURING SCHOOL.

SO THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY SCHOOL POLICING, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND STAFF WILL LARGELY BE UNABLE TO ATTEND.

I STAND IN. WELL, NOBODY'S SPOKEN YET.

I'M FIRST. BUT I'M GOING TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE OTHER SPEAKERS THAT WERE ABLE TO MAKE TIME TODAY.

OUR NUMBERS ARE SMALL BY DESIGN, BUT THERE'S A HUGE COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT BEHIND US.

I THINK A LOT OF US HERE ARE ASKING FOR SAFETY.

BUT YOU'RE GIVING US POLICE.

THE TWO ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

THE POLICE ARE NOT HERE TO PROTECT MY CHILDREN OR ANY OTHER CHILD.

THEY STEAL FUNDS FROM EDUCATION AND TEACHER SALARIES THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED.

THE POSSIBILITY OF MY CHILDREN BEING SLAUGHTERED IN THEIR CLASSROOM IN A MASS SHOOTING IS WHAT'S PAYING FOR THE SALARY OF THE POLICE RIGHT NOW.

THE POSSIBILITY OF MY GODSON BEING TASERED IN THE HALLS FOR MISBEHAVIOR IS WHAT PAYS THE SALARY OF THE POLICE.

COMING TO SCHOOL FULLY ARMED TO READ PETE THE CAT INSTEAD OF ENGAGING PARENTS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, IS WHAT'S PAYING THE SALARY OF HISDPD.

CRIMINALIZING STUDENTS IS WHAT IS PAYING FOR THEIR SALARY.

INEQUITIES IN EDUCATION IS WHAT'S PAYING FOR THEIR SALARIES.

THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE IS WHAT'S PAYING FOR THE HISDPD.

FEAR IS WHAT'S PAYING FOR POLICE IN SCHOOLS.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

THE SCIENCE SHOWS THAT POLICING IS INEFFECTIVE AT BEST AND HARMFUL AT WORST.

IF POLICE WANT TO IMPROVE KIDS LIVES, THEY SHOULD GO TO SCHOOL, GET A LICENSE AND BECOME A TEACHER.

CAROLINE DUBLE.

PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CLAPPING.

IF YOU WANT TO YOU CAN PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR TO SHOW SUPPORT.

CAROLINE DUBLE. CHRISTOPHER RIVERA.

JASON OLIVER.

I WATCH KIDS FROM BRISCOE ELEMENTARY AND EDISON MIDDLE SCHOOL MOST DAYS AFTER SCHOOL GETS OUT.

WE TALK A LOT ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON ON THEIR DAY AND IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME JUST HOW MUCH THAT THEY ARE NAVIGATING.

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PRE-TEENS AND TEENS TEST THEIR LIMITS.

IT'S HOW THEY LEARN WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT IS OK AND NOT OK.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO CROSS THE LINE AT SOME POINT AND TRY THINGS THAT THEY PROBABLY AREN'T READY FOR, LIKE FIGHTING OR DRUGS OR HAVING YOUR FIRST BOYFRIEND.

I KNOW I TRIED ALL OF THOSE THINGS IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL AND I THINK IT'S NORMAL.

BUT INSTEAD OF MEETING THIS NORMAL BEHAVIOR WITH UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE AND SKILL BUILDING AND JUDGMENT FREE SUPPORT AND THE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED, WE MEET THEM WITH SURVEILLANCE AND CRIMINALIZATION.

OUR SCHOOL POLICE OFFICERS ARE TRAINED AND PERMITTED TO EMPLOY THE SAME TACTICS THAT A PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WOULD, BUT ON CHILDREN FOR A RELATIVELY NORMAL TEEN AND PRE-TEEN BEHAVIOR.

THERE ARE A TON OF POLICIES IN THE HANDBOOK THAT ARE TRADITIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT STYLE TECHNIQUES THAT WE TRAIN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENTS TO USE.

AND WE DON'T HAVE THE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW DEALING WITH CHILDREN IS DIFFERENT.

AND SO I'M SURE THAT MANY OF THESE OFFICERS ARE NICE PEOPLE.

BUT THIS PROBLEM IS NOT INDIVIDUAL, IT'S INSTITUTIONAL.

AND THE NUMBERS TELL A REALLY IMPORTANT STORY.

BACK IN 2017, LOCAL ADVOCACY GROUPS REVIEWED ARREST NUMBERS OF HISD PD THROUGH AN OPEN RECORDS REQUEST, AND IT SHOWED THAT OUR SCHOOL POLICE OFFICERS WERE ARRESTING BLACK STUDENTS IN MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PROPORTIONAL RATE, AND THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE ARRESTS, LIKE MORE THAN THREE FOURTHS, WERE FOR LOW LEVEL MISDEMEANORS.

I SENT THAT REPORT IN MY EMAIL TO BOARD SERVICES, SO YOU SHOULD ALL HAVE A COPY WITH THE DATA THAT WAS RECEIVED IN THAT OPEN RECORDS REQUEST.

I DON'T HAVE MORE RECENT DATA BECAUSE THE DISTRICT DOESN'T MAKE THIS INFORMATION AVAILABLE, BUT AS BOARD MEMBERS, YOU ALL HAVE THE POWER TO REQUEST THIS INFORMATION FROM HISDPD. YOU CAN GET RACE AND CHARGE AGGREGATED DATA ABOUT STUDENT ARRESTS, AND I REALLY SUGGEST THAT YOU DO THAT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF JUST HOW LOW LEVEL OF OFFENSE WILL TAKE A KID OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR.

POLICY SHOULD ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE [TIMER].

CHRISTOPHER RIVERA.

JASON OLIVER.

ELAINE HENNING.

CHRISTOPHER RIVERA, AND I HAVE A NEPHEW AND A NIECE.

THEY'RE BOTH, ONE'S ELEMENTARY, ONE'S IN HIGH SCHOOL.

SO YEAH, I'M JUST VERY CONCERNED FOR THEM.

AND ALTHOUGH THE PRESENCE OF SCHOOL POLICE WAS MEANT TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN SCHOOLS, THERE'S LITTLE EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY TRUE.

POLICE IN SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO AN INCREASE OF EXPULSIONARY DISCIPLINE, SUCH AS SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION, AND ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION, OF OVER 230,000 POLICE REFERRALS, ONE FOURTH RESULTED IN ARRESTS, FURTHER EXACERBATING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE.

PEOPLE OF COLOR, DISABLED AND QUEER STUDENTS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED BY SCHOOL POLICE.

AND HISD FUNDS A LARGE AMOUNT OF ITS BUDGET TOWARDS THE POLICE, WHICH COULD GO INTO PROGRAMS LIKE PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, COLLEGE READINESS OR DROPOUT PREVENTION, WHICH AS A SCHOOL SHOULD BE YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, NOT MAINTAINING THE POLICE FORCE IN THE SCHOOL.

THE BUDGET SPENDS MORE MONEY PER STUDENT ON POLICING INSTEAD OF EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS OR SOCIAL WORKERS OR EVEN COLLEGE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS.

SO WHAT I'M ASKING TODAY IS THAT WE NEED COUNSELORS, NOT COPS, UPDATED BOOKS, NOT RIFLES, UNDERSTANDING, NOT DISCIPLINE OR INCARCERATION.

THANK YOU. JASON OLIVER.

ELAINE HENNIG.

JAY JENKINS.

GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M JASON OLIVER.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN, SO I'M HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE HISD POLICE.

WE HAVE SO MANY POLICING AGENCIES IN THIS CITY THAT OVERLAP AND FALL WITHIN HISD'S BOUNDARIES.

I WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED TO SEE THE RETURN OF DARE, SOMETHING THAT I RECALL EVEN FROM MY OWN CHILDHOOD, COMING BACK INTO HISD, SOMETHING THAT WAS WAS SHOWN NOT TO BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING STUDENT USE OF DRUGS OR RESPONSIBLE USE OF SUBSTANCES, BUT REALLY FOCUSED ON THIS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN POLICE AND YOUTH, WHICH ENDS UP BEING TO THE DETRIMENT OF THESE YOUTH.

BECAUSE WHAT ENDS UP HAPPENING IS YOU SEE CHILDREN GETTING, CHILDREN TURNING IN, THEY'RE TURNING IN THEIR PARENTS, TURNING IN THEIR FRIENDS.

RIGHT. BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT, OH, THESE POLICE OFFICERS, RIGHT, THAT I BUILT RELATIONSHIPS WITH, THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT I SHOULD TELL AND SPEAK TO AND CONFIDE IN. SO THEY'RE SPEAKING TO THEM ABOUT MARIJUANA USE, FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH ENDS UP GETTING THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ARRESTED FOR THESE TYPES OF OFFENSES. THIS IS NOT, THIS IS NOT SAFETY.

RIGHT. THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF RESEARCH SHOWING THAT PROGRAMS LIKE DARE ARE NOT A RESPONSIBLE USE OF OUR, OF NOT JUST OUR RESOURCES, RIGHT, IN TERMS OF FUNDING,

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BUT ESPECIALLY THE TIME.

WE NEED THE TIME THAT WE'RE SPENDING ON THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THE TYPES OF PROGRAMING THAT OUR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT DOES, RIGHT.

THAT FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DOES.

WE NEED THESE RESOURCES.

WE NEED TO BE SPENDING IT NOT ON POLICING, BUT ON BUILDING COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY SAFETY.

ELAINE HENNIG, JAY JENKINS.

DELMA CATALINA LIMONES.

ELAINE HENIG.

JAY JENKINS.

GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS JAY JENKINS, AND I'M THE HARRIS COUNTY PROJECT ATTORNEY AT THE TEXAS CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY.

NOTWITHSTANDING SOME OF WHAT WE'VE HEARD PREVIOUSLY ABOUT THE DISCRIMINATORY ARREST AND DISCIPLINARY PATTERNS OF OF HISD PD, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE DEMONSTRABLE FACT THAT THE PRESENCE OF ARMED OFFICERS ON A SCHOOL CAMPUS PRESENTS A MAJOR IMPEDIMENT TO STUDENT LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT.

I'M HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT HISD PD'S OVERTIME PRACTICES AND WHY THEY ARE A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR BOTH HISD AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

IN 2019, THE STATE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD REPORTED ON HISD THAT 16 OF THE TOP 25 NON CAMPUS STAFF RECEIVING THE GREATEST OVERTIME PAYMENTS WHERE HISD POLICE OFFICERS AND THAT HISD SHOULD INSTITUTE TIGHTER CONTROLS IN THE USE OF OVERTIME GOING FORWARD.

HISD PD'S OVERTIME APPROVAL SLIPS CONTAIN IN LARGE BOLD FONT A NOTE THAT SAYS DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTIVE - OVERTIME WILL NOT BE PERMITTED WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL.

ALL OVERTIME MUST BE APPROVED BY THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR AND CAPTAIN, WHETHER IT IS PAID BY HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT OR ANOTHER DEPARTMENT.

UNFORTUNATELY, HISD DOES NOT SEEM TO BE FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD OR ITS OWN DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTIVE.

I REQUESTED AND REVIEWED OVER 400 OVERTIME SUBMISSIONS FROM HISD PD OFFICERS FROM 2020 AND 2021, AND LESS THAN 2% OF THE APPROVED OVERTIME FORMS I REVIEWED WERE SUBMITTED AND APPROVED PRIOR TO THE DATE THAT OVERTIME WAS WORKED.

33% WERE SUBMITTED AND APPROVED ON THE DATE THAT THE OVERTIME WORKED AND ALMOST TWO THIRDS WERE SUBMITTED AND APPROVED AFTER SOME OF THE OVERTIME HOURS WERE WORKED IN VIOLATION OF THE DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTIVE THAT HISD PD HAS.

THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS AND THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL HAVE SPOKEN ON THE NEED FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IMPOSING SUFFICIENT CONTROLS ON THE ALLOCATION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC FUNDS AND THAT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES THAT MISALLOCATE FUNDS ARE [TIMER].

DELMA CATALINA LIMONES.

KATIE MURDZA. SEAN NEGRON.

A PROUD AUNT OF TWO HISD STUDENTS AND A NEIGHBOR TO TWO WONDERFUL RETIRED HISD EDUCATORS, WHOM I'M ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OF THEIR EDUCATING JOURNEY.

BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS TEND TO GIVE US INFORMATION ABOUT NEEDS THAT ARE NOT BEING MET, TRAUMA THAT HAS GONE UNADDRESSED.

BUT IT'S A SHAME THAT THE WAY THAT THESE ISSUES ARE DEALT WITH IN SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY IN SCHOOLS THAT ARE ATTENDED PREDOMINANTLY BY BLACK, BROWN AND LATINX CHILDREN.

INSTEAD OF HELPING AND PROVIDING A PATH TO HEALING, WE PUT CHILDREN ON A PATH TO CRIMINALIZATION.

I KNOW THIS TOO WELL.

I THINK ABOUT MY OWN EXPERIENCES AS A CHILD WHO WAS BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED AT HOME.

I WAS AN HONOR ROLL STUDENT GROWING UP, BUT AFTER THE AFTERMATH OF THE ABUSE LED TO BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS. I NEEDED ADULTS TO ASK ME WHAT WAS GOING ON TO HELP ME.

INSTEAD OF ANYONE CHECKING ON ME I WAS SENT TO IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION, SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL SEVERAL TIMES, SENT TO COURT.

THE CONSEQUENCES FOR BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN ARE NOT THE SAME FOR THOSE OF WHITE KIDS WHO ATTEND BETTER FUNDED SCHOOLS.

MY BIGGEST CULTURE SHOCK TODAY WAS WHEN I SWITCHED SCHOOLS AND ATTENDED A WELL FUNDED SCHOOL IN THE SUBURBS MY SENIOR YEAR.

I SAW CHILDREN WHO HAD THEIR NEEDS MET, MORE RESOURCES, AND WHO ALSO HAD BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS. BUT THE CONSEQUENCES WERE NOWHERE NEAR WHAT I SAW AND DEALT WITH AT AN UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL.

THERE WERE NO COPS IN THE HALLWAYS.

WE NEED SOCIAL WORKERS, COUNSELORS AND BEHAVIORAL SPECIALISTS TO ADDRESS MISBEHAVIOR.

WE NEED SCHOOLS THAT GIVE SECOND CHANCES AND EMPHASIZE HEALING IN THAT PROCESS.

WE NEED INCLUSIVE, SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE KIDS CAN EXPLORE THEMSELVES AND KNOW THAT A MISTAKE WON'T END THEIR LIFE BEFORE IT'S EVEN STARTED.

AND AS WE RETHINK SAFETY IN OUR SCHOOLS, WE NEED TO BUILD THE POWER TO ULTIMATELY RETHINK SAFETY EVERYWHERE IN EVERY COMMUNITY FOR ALL PEOPLE, ALL CHILDREN.

AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE MORE COPS.

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KATY MURDZA.

SEAN NEGRON.

HI, MY NAME IS KATY MURDZA, AND I LIVE ON THE NEAR NORTH SIDE IN DISTRICT EIGHT.

I'M SPEAKING TODAY TO ASK THE SCHOOL BOARD TO DIVEST FROM SCHOOL POLICING AND THE CURRENT PUNITIVE CODE OF CONDUCT AND INSTEAD INCREASE THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON STAFF IN OUR SCHOOLS.

I THINK STUDENT SAFETY IS ALL OF OUR FIRST PRIORITY.

THE QUESTION IS HOW WE ACHIEVE THAT.

I UNDERSTAND WHY THE VERY REAL FEAR OF VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS LEADS TO THE TEMPTATION TO POUR MONEY INTO POLICING.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT HAVING POLICE IN SCHOOLS MAKE THEM SAFER.

WE TRAGICALLY SAW THIS IN UVALDE EARLIER THIS YEAR.

WHAT SCHOOL POLICING DOES DO IS INCREASE ARREST, SUSPENSION, EXPULSION AND DROPOUT RATES AND DECREASE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE.

MOST OF WHAT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS DO IS RESPOND TO MINOR MISBEHAVIOR, GIVING TICKETS FOR DISRUPTION OF CLASS OR DISORDERLY CONDUCT, THINGS THAT IN OLDER GENERATIONS WERE DEALT WITH BY TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF.

POLICING IN SCHOOLS REPLICATES THE PROBLEMS OF POLICING IN WIDER SOCIETY, INCLUDING ITS DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

MORE THAN 50% OF ALL STUDENT ARRESTS AND 60% OF USE OF FORCE INCIDENTS IN HISD IN 2020 INVOLVED BLACK STUDENTS, DESPITE ONLY ABOUT 23% OF THE STUDENT POPULATION BEING BLACK, AND 28% OF STUDENTS REFERRED TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAVE DISABILITIES, EVEN THOUGH THESE STUDENTS MAKE UP ONLY 18% OF THE STUDENT POPULATION.

ONE 14-YEAR OLD IN HOUSTON ISD WAS RESTRAINED, HANDCUFFED AND PEPPER SPRAYED BY A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER FOR ALLEGEDLY THROWING A SINGLE ITEM OF FOOD DURING LUNCH, BEHAVIOR WHICH WAS RELATED TO THE STUDENT'S DISABILITY.

THIS ALL CONTRIBUTES TO THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE, WHICH DOES THE OPPOSITE OF KEEPING KIDS SAFE.

SCHOOL POLICING INCREASES THE CHANCES THAT A STUDENT WILL ENTER THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND ONCE THEY DO, THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE INTERACTIONS WITH IT THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE. MEANWHILE, HISD'S COUNSELING TEAM IN RECENT YEARS HAS HAD LESS THAN A QUARTER OF THE RECOMMENDED NATIONAL STAFFING RATIOS.

INSTEAD OF MILITARIZING OUR SCHOOLS WITH TEAR GAS, RUBBER BULLETS AND BATTERING RAMS AND FOCUSING ON PUNISHMENT, WE SHOULD BE HELPING OUR STUDENTS AVOID HARM TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS BY FULLY FUNDING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH RESOURCES.

THANK YOU. NEXT, WE'LL HEAR FROM A REGISTERED SPEAKER WHO SIGNED UP VIRTUALLY TO SPEAK VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM REGARDING POLICE FUNCTION. MS. TRINH PLEASE ADMIT ZOOM SPEAKER ARSHIL MONSANTO.

MADAM PRESIDENT, UNFORTUNATELY, SHE'S NOT IN THE QUEUE.

THANK YOU, MS. TRINH. COLLEAGUES ARE THERE ANY MOTIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION?

[CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON MATTERS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION]

4:20-CV-03972. JAMES MICHAEL LOVELL V.

HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT ON THE TERM DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION.

SECOND GUIDRY.

WITH A MOTION BY TRUSTEE WADE AND A SECOND BY TRUSTEE GUIDRY PLEASE VOTE.

EIGHT FOR, ZERO AGAINST. ZERO ABSTENTIONS.

[CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS]

TRUSTEES WE NEED TO REAPPROVE REVISED MINUTES FROM THE AUGUST 11TH, 2022 REGULAR MEETING REGARDING PAGES 1 AND 14.

AGENDA ITEM I5, DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS TO OBLIGATE THE DISTRICT FOR EXCESS REVENUE CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS.

THE REVISION IS NEEDED TO REVISE REFERENCES TO THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR, 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR.

THIS REVISION DOES NOT AFFECT THE VOTE ON THE ITEM ITSELF, ONLY THE MINUTES OF THAT VOTE.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE REVISED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MONTHLY BOARD MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 11TH, 2022.

SO MOVE HERNANDEZ.

SECOND WADE.

I HAVE A MOTION BY TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ AND A SECOND BY TRUSTEE WADE.

PLEASE VOTE.

EIGHT FOR ZERO AGAINST.

ZERO ABSTENTIONS.

WE'LL NOW MOVE TO OUR WORKSHOP TOPIC: POLICE FUNCTION, SUPERINTENDENT HOUSE, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

[WORKSHOP TOPIC: POLICE FUNCTION]

THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT.

AND AS CHIEF LOPEZ IS MAKING HIS WAY UP TO THE MICROPHONE OR THE PODIUM, I'D JUST LIKE TO SHARE THAT AT LOCAL, BOTH THE LOCAL TIME AND NATIONAL TIME PERIOD, THAT SAFETY FOR OUR CHILDREN IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ALL OF OUR MINDS, QUITE FRANKLY.

HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ENSURING THAT OUR SCHOOLS AND FACILITIES ARE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE AND THE ENVIRONMENTS ARE CONDUCIVE TO THE LEARNING THAT WE ALL WANT THEM TO HAVE. OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVES AS A CRITICAL RESOURCE NOT ONLY FOR OUR PHYSICAL SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES AND THE DISTRICT PROPERTY, BUT IN THE CASE OF MANY CAMPUSES, OUR POLICE OFFICERS SERVE AS A PILLAR OF THE CAMPUS AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

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THEY BUILD RELATIONSHIPS NOT ONLY WITH STUDENTS, BUT WITH FAMILY AND STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

AND THEY PROVIDE MENTORSHIP IN A TIME THAT WE KNOW MENTORSHIP IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR OUR STUDENTS.

AS WE KNOW IN REFERENCE TO MANY THAT ARE THAT ARE OUT THERE, THIS FUNCTION HAS HAD SOME CONTROVERSY AS WELL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND WE'VE PAID CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT THAT CONTROVERSY IS TO ENSURE THAT WE UTILIZE THE FUNCTION OF OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE MANNER THAT WE SHOULD.

OUR POLICE OFFICERS BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AGAIN WITH STUDENTS.

AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO TO RECOGNIZE THAT FOR MANY OF THE STUDENTS THAT WE SERVE, SCHOOL IS, OF COURSE, THE SAFEST ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY WILL EXPERIENCE ON A DAILY BASIS AND OUR HISD POLICE PLAYS A LARGE ROLE IN PROVIDING THAT KIND OF SAFETY AND SECURITY. WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT OUR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND AND KNOW THAT AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN THAT WE EDUCATE ON A DAILY BASIS IS THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN TERMS OF WHAT WE DO.

LAST YEAR WE MADE A $60 MILLION CUT, AS YOU ALL KNOW, IN TERMS OF BUDGET, AS WE LOOK AT FISCAL TRANSFORMATION.

I MADE THE THE DECISION SPECIFICALLY TO HOLD OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT HARMLESS FROM THIS PARTICULAR CUT.

AS AN HISD PARENT AS WELL, WHEN OUR FAMILIES TO KNOW THAT WHEN THEY DROP THEIR STUDENTS OFF AT THE DOORS OF EACH ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT THEY'RE DOING SO AND TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER FOR THE CHILDREN TO BE SAFE, THE STAFF TO BE SAFE, AND THAT IT MEANS ENSURING THAT OUR POLICE DEPARTMENTS HAVE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES AND TRAINING TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY, EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE TO ANY AND ALL SITUATIONS THAT MIGHT ARISE.

IN LIGHT OF THE MOST TRAGIC EVENTS IN UVALDE AND SOME OF THE OTHER EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, SANTA FE, AS WELL AS OTHERS NATIONALLY, THERE'S NOW A INTENSE FOCUS NATIONWIDE ON THE SECURITY APPARATUS OF SCHOOLS.

AS WE CONTINUE TO DISCUSS THE, THROUGH OUR SAFETY COMMITTEE, ALL THE DIFFERENT NUANCES.

AND WE ACTUALLY HAD A SAFETY COMMITTEE PRESENTATION YESTERDAY.

WE WERE CONTINUING TO WORK CLOSELY WITH BOTH TEA AS WELL AS THE SAFETY COMMITTEE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ENSURE THAT THE SAFETY OF OUR CAMPUSES IS LIFTED UP AT A HIGH LEVEL.

RECENTLY, THE STATE OF TEXAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD BE PROVIDING $400 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, REPAIRS, SUCH AS REPLACING AND UPGRADING DOORS, WINDOWS, FENCING, COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND OTHER SAFETY MEASURES.

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY DETAILS IN REFERENCE TO WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE SPECIFICALLY, WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THE LEGISLATURE HEADS INTO THIS NEXT SESSION AND WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYES WIDE OPEN IN TERMS OF WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE.

OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR ABILITY TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLY WITH THE INCREASE IN MANDATES COMING FROM THE STATE LEVEL.

AS YOU'LL SEE IN TODAY'S PRESENTATION, OUR OFFICERS ARE A VITAL RESOURCE IN SUPPORTING THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF OUR STUDENTS, NOT ONLY IN PROVIDING THE PHYSICAL SAFETY, BUT SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS WITH THEIR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING.

ALL IN ALL, IN TERMS OF THE EFFORTS, THEY WILL INCREASE OUR STUDENTS ABILITY TO LEARN.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE AIM TO DO WITH OUR STUDENTS.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, I'D LIKE TO TURN THE PRESENTATION AND THE BULK OF THE TIME OVER TO CHIEF LOPEZ, OUR CHIEF OF HISDPD.

SUPERINTENDENT HOUSE, CAN I JUST INTERRUPT FOR JUST A SECOND? CAN THIS BE EMAILED TO TRUSTEES, PLEASE, THE THE PRESENTATION? IT JUST HELPS, I THINK IF WE NEED A REFERENCE BACK TO CERTAIN SLIDES.

MAX , WILL YOU? THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, PRESIDENT CRUZ AND TRUSTEES.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO PRESENT ON THE OVERVIEW OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND, SLIDE.

IN RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS SHARED BY TRUSTEES REGARDING THE POLICE FUNCTION, WE HAVE PREPARED THE PRESENTATION IN FRONT OF YOU THAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE TODAY, AND THE OBJECTIVES FOR TODAY ARE AS FOLLOWS.

TO PROVIDE A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT.

TO DESCRIBE THE DISTRICT'S PHILOSOPHY FOR EMERGENCY PREPARATION AND MANAGEMENT.

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DESCRIBE THE TRAINING HISD PD RECEIVES, INCLUDING HOW TO ENGAGE STUDENTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.

AND PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE GENERAL POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY THE HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS AUTHORIZED 205 CLASSIFIED POLICE OFFICERS AND 40 ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS, SPLIT AMONGST THREE MAJOR DIVISIONS, WHICH IS CAMPUS OPERATIONS, INVESTIGATIONS AND SUPPORT OPERATIONS AND PATROL OPERATIONS.

NOW IN CAMPUS OPERATIONS THIS IS WHERE THE MAJORITY OF OUR RESOURCES ARE ALLOCATED TO.

OFFICERS WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE ADMINISTRATORS TO SECURE THE CAMPUSES AND RESPOND TO INCIDENTS OCCURRING ON THEIR CAMPUSES.

OFFICERS ARE ALLOCATED BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CALLS FOR SERVICES AT THE CAMPUSES AND CAMPUSES WITH OFFICERS USUALLY HAVE 1 TO 3 OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO THEM.

CAMPUSES THAT HAVE TWO OR MORE OFFICERS ARE ALLOCATED THOSE OFFICERS DUE TO LOCATION OF THE SCHOOL, STUDENT POPULATION AND CALLS FOR SERVICE.

NOW, SPEAKING ABOUT PATROL OPERATIONS, THE PATROL DIVISION PROVIDES POLICE COVERAGE FOR OVER 300 SQUARE MILES OF THE HOUSTON COMMUNITY.

24-7, 365 DAYS A YEAR.

OFFICERS ARE ASSIGNED TO 1 OF 3 SHIFTS, THOSE ARE DAYS, EVENINGS AND NIGHTS.

AND TYPICALLY, THE PATROL DIVISION RECEIVES OVER 42,000 CALLS TO SERVICE PER YEAR.

NOW, INVESTIGATIVE AND SUPPORT OPERATIONS.

WE HAVE SERGEANTS AND OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO BOTH OUR INVESTIGATIONS UNIT AND OUR CRIME ANALYSIS DIVISION, AS WELL AS THE TRAINING DIVISION.

WE ALSO HAVE SECURITY GUARDS WHO ARE HIRED TO PROVIDE SECURITY TO OTHER MAJOR HISD FACILITIES, INCLUDING OUR MOTOR POOLS, THE HATTIE MAE WHITE BUILDING AND OTHER FACILITIES. WHEN I SPEAK OF THE 40 SUPPORT POSITIONS, THIS REFERS TO THE STAFF THAT SUPPORT OUR FLEET OPERATIONS, OUR DISPATCHERS WHO RUN 24 HOUR DISPATCH OPERATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT OVERSEE THE ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS BUDGET AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO POLICE AGENCY.

THE HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT, ALSO PROVIDES SECURITY AT MANY, MANY DISTRICT WIDE EVENTS, INCLUDING SPORTING EVENTS AND SCHOOL RELATED COMMUNITY EVENTS AS DIRECTED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. OUR DEPARTMENT IS FOCUSED ON IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES AND PROCESSES THAT, TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY, MITIGATE AND PREVENT EMERGENCY SITUATIONS FROM HAPPENING.

WHEN WE REFER TO OUR LAYERED APPROACH TO SECURITY THAT DRIVES OUR MITIGATION AND PREVENTION EFFORTS.

WE ARE SPEAKING TO PHYSICAL SECURITY MEASURES SUCH AS FENCES, SINGLE ACCESS POINTS AND VIDEO CAMERAS, CYBERSECURITY MEASURES AND OTHER MEASURES SUCH AS RELATIONSHIP BUILDING AND MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS AND THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS AT THE CAMPUS LEVEL.

WE ALSO REFER AND TO ENSURE THAT OFFICERS ARE PROVIDED WITH THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO BE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO ANY THREAT THAT MAY TAKE PLACE ON OUR CAMPUSES. IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY EVENT, OUR DEPARTMENT TRAINS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE MOST EFFECTIVE RESPONSE POSSIBLE.

AND WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY IN THEIR RECOVERY FROM ANY OF THESE EVENTS.

OUR CAMPUSES ARE ALSO PREPARED TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY EVENTS AT THE CAMPUS LEVEL.

EACH SCHOOL HAS AN ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES FOR EMERGENCY THAT MAY ARISE ON CAMPUSES.

HOWEVER, EXECUTE ON OUR STRATEGY IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN OUR CAMPUS LEADERS AND OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AS I'VE PREVIOUSLY SAID, THE DISTRICT HAS A LAYERED APPROACH WHEN IT COMES TO SECURITY, AND THAT APPROACH INCLUDES LAW ENFORCEMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT FACILITIES, OUR SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT, TECHNOLOGY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, OUR CAMPUS PERSONNEL.

WE ALL PLAY DIFFERENT ROLES, BUT IF YOU SPECIFICALLY COMPARE THE ROLES OF CAMPUS SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, THERE ARE STARK DIFFERENCES.

CAMPUSES ARE CONCERNED WITH ADMINISTRATIVE SECURITY EFFORTS TO ENSURE THE CAMPUS SAFETY ENVIRONMENT IS CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS FOCUSED ON ENSURING THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAFE BY PROVIDING A VARIETY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNCTIONS ON AND AROUND OUR CAMPUSES.

OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO CAMPUSES WORK WITH CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS TO PREVENT INCIDENTS FROM ESCALATED INTO CRIMINAL MATTERS.

A LARGE MAJORITY OF THE INCIDENTS WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CALLED ARE OFTEN REFERRED BACK TO THE ADMINISTRATORS FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION.

THIS IS THE RESULT OF OUR INCREASED TRAINING WITH OUR COUNSELING AND SEL TEAMS. OFFICERS ARE TRAINED ON DE-ESCALATION, TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES AND CPI TRAINING.

AND CHIEF AS YOU MOVE FORWARD.

I THINK ONE IMPORTANT FACT, BECAUSE I THINK THE CONVERSATION AROUND EITHER OR COUNSELING OR POLICING HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT'S OUT THERE.

AND I'D LIKE TO SHARE JUST A COUPLE OF STATS.

NUMBER ONE, ON SEPTEMBER OF 2022, OF THE 275 CAMPUSES, 253 CAMPUSES, WHICH IS ABOUT 92%, HAVE

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AT LEAST ONE COUNSELOR OR SOCIAL WORKER.

188 CAMPUSES, WHICH IS 68%, HAD AT LEAST ONE COUNSELOR AND OR SOCIAL WORKER.

NOW, THAT SECOND STAT, WHICH IS, AGAIN, THE 188 SCHOOLS OR THE 68%, WAS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

SO WE'VE INCREASED FROM 68% IN TERMS OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS TO 92%.

SO IT IS A FOCAL AREA IN TERMS OF PROVIDING SUPPORT.

IT'S NOT A EITHER OR.

CHIEF, THANK YOU.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE AND PREVENTING THREATS TO STUDENTS SAFETY IN OUR CAMPUS IS DEVELOPING A CULTURE WHERE STUDENTS AND STAFF KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE SOMEONE TO GO TO.

IF THEY HAVE A FEELING THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG.

THE SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING MANTRA IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST TOOLS WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT WE MITIGATE THREATS BEFORE THEY EVER DEVELOP.

IN THE CASE THAT A STUDENT, STAFF OR COMMUNITY MEMBER SEE SOMETHING THAT IS WRONG WE'VE PUBLICIZED SEVERAL VENUES THROUGH WHICH INDIVIDUALS CAN PROVIDE INFORMATION TO GET HELP OR SUPPORT. FOR MANY YEARS, THE DISTRICT HAS USED THE SAY SOMETHING ANONYMOUS REPORTING SYSTEM, WHICH PROVIDES A 24 HOUR SERVICE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN HISD.

IF A STUDENT SENSES THAT THEY'RE ON A CAMPUS, ESPECIALLY ONE RELATED TO A POSSIBLE VIOLENT ACTION, THEY CAN CALL THE SANDY HOOK TIP LINE AT 1-844-572-9669.

ANONYMOUS REPORTS CAN ALSO BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT AT ANY TIME, DAY OR NIGHT THROUGH OUR WEBSITE OR CAN BE MADE THROUGH OUR LANDLINE.

IN THE CASE OF AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY, WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND CALLING 911.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT INSURING STUDENTS WHO ARE UNDERGOING MENTAL HEALTH MENTAL CRISIS, EXCUSE ME, GET THE SUPPORTS THEY ARE NEEDED, CAN ALSO BE CRITICAL IN PREVENTING EMERGENCY EVENTS ON CAMPUSES.

SO WE ALSO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO REPORT ANY TALK THEY HEAR OF SUICIDE OR SUICIDAL THREATS TO THEIR SCHOOL COUNSELOR OR PRINCIPAL OR CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE AT THE FOLLOWING NUMBER, WHICH IS 1-800-273-TALK OR TEXT "HOME" TO 741741, THE CRISIS TEXT LINE. WHILE THE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT PROVIDES THE PRIMARY RESPONSE TO INCIDENTS REQUIRING MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTION, HISD OFFICERS ALSO RECEIVE TRAINING AND MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT TO MORE EFFECTIVELY SUPPORT CAMPUSES AND STUDENTS IN CRISIS. A PROPERLY TRAINED OFFICER AND MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTION IS A BENEFIT TO THE DISTRICT BECAUSE THEY INCREASE AWARENESS OF RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY.

THEY PROVIDE BETTER INSIGHT INTO THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

THEY ENABLE BETTER REFERRALS FOR YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE OFFICER WILL BECOME A RESOURCE TO THE SCHOOL STAFF, PARENTS AND OTHERS.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE TRAINING IS THAT OFFICERS LEARN ABOUT THE RESOURCES THEY CAN CALL UPON.

WHEN OFFICERS ARE TRAINED TO UNDERSTAND THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES OF STUDENTS, THEY ARE IN A BETTER POSITION TO LOOK AT UNDERLYING CIRCUMSTANCES, TO SEE THAT THE BEHAVIOR LIKE THROWING A CHAIR, MIGHT BE A MANIFESTATION OF A DISABILITY OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE.

THE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE SROS ARE ABOUT STUDENTS WITH CERTAIN MENTAL ILLNESSES OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, THE BETTER WE CAN BE AS A RESOURCE TO THE STUDENTS AND THE FACULTY.

MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING CAN ALSO HAVE CAN ALSO BE VERY USEFUL WHEN DEALING WITH PARENTS THAT MAY HAVE MENTAL ILLNESSES AND DEPENDENCY ISSUES.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS IMPLEMENTED A COMFORT DOG PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SEL.

THE DOG'S ACTIVITIES ARE OFTEN DIRECTED BY SEL, WHO HAS RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT A STUDENT IS IN CRISIS AND IS REQUESTING OUR DOG, JUSTICE, THAT'S A PUPPY PICTURE, TO HELP AND ASSIST.

SEL AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ALSO RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF A GRANT PROGRAM CALLED HERO AND HERO STANDS FOR HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE OFFICER.

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE SPECIFICS OF THE PROGRAM AND HOW IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.

HERO IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES WITHIN THE K THROUGH 12 COMMUNITY, THERE'S A DISENGAGEMENT, THERE'S AN ENGAGEMENT WHEN A LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT PREVALENT IN MOST SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

HERO WILL PROVIDE SERVICES TO SCHOLARS, EMPLOYEES, CAMPUSES, AND STAKEHOLDERS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL NEEDS MORE THAN EVER NEEDED TO IDENTIFY, ADDRESS, AND PROVIDE ANCILLARY SERVICES IN THE SAFEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE MANNER POSSIBLE.

THE MENTAL HEALTH OFFICER WILL ALSO RECEIVE SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND WILL BE CERTIFIED THROUGH THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING, TECO, AS MENTAL HEALTH POLICE OFFICERS.

IN THEIR ROLE OF MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTION TEAM, THE OFFICERS WILL RESPOND TO CRISIS AS WELL AS PROVIDE CONSULTATION AND TRAINING TO DISTRICT STAFF AND PARENTS.

THEY WILL ALSO BE TASKED TO ESTABLISH PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS, INCLUDING THE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY FOR THE HARRIS COUNTY, THE HARRIS CENTER, AND THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, WHO ADVOCATES TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY FAMILY ILLNESS TO BRING FREE SUPPORT TO

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HISD FAMILIES. AS WE SPEAK ABOUT PREPARATION FOR EMERGENCY EVENTS.

THESE EFFORTS ARE LED BY A RISK MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT WHO WORK WITH CAMPUSES TO ENSURE THAT THE PROPER REHEARSALS FOR VARIOUS EMERGENCIES TAKE PLACE SO THAT THE STUDENT AND STAFF KNOW HOW TO REACT IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO.

DRILLS ARE SCHEDULED AT THE CAMPUS LEVEL.

PARENTS ARE NOT NOTIFIED BEFORE THE DRILL BECAUSE THOSE DRILLS ARE UNANNOUNCED.

WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING A SIMULATED ENVIRONMENT AS PROPERLY, AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE ACTUAL SCENARIO THEY ARE TRYING TO CREATE THE DRILL FOR.

ON THE SECURE DRILL WE DO ONE SCHOOL, ONE PER SCHOOL YEAR, AND THOSE ARE INCIDENTS THAT POSE A THREAT OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING.

AND IT'S USED TO SAFEGUARD THE PEOPLE INSIDE THE BUILDING.

LOCKDOWN DRILLS OCCUR TWO TIMES PER SCHOOL YEAR, ONE TIME PER SEMESTER.

INCIDENTS THAT POSE A LOCKDOWN DRILL IS INCIDENTS THAT POSE AN IMMEDIATE THREAT OF VIOLENCE INSIDE THE SCHOOL.

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO QUICKLY ENSURE ALL SCHOOLS, ALL STUDENTS, STAFF AND VISITORS ARE SECURE FOR IMMEDIATE DANGER.

EVACUATION DRILLS ARE PRACTICED ONCE A YEAR.

AND THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF AN EVACUATION IS TO ASSURE THAT STAFF, STUDENTS AND VISITORS CAN QUICKLY MOVE AWAY FROM THE THREAT.

EVACUATION EXAMPLES INCLUDE A BOMB THREAT OR AN INTERNAL GAS LEAK.

WE ALSO CONDUCT A SHELTER IN PLACE FOR HAZMAT, WHICH IS ONE PER SCHOOL YEAR.

AND WE ALSO DO SHELTER FOR SEVERE WEATHER DRILLS ONCE PER SCHOOL YEAR, AND WE ALSO CONDUCT FIRE EVACUATION DRILLS.

ANOTHER FORM OF PREPARATION IS ENSURING THAT OFFICERS ARE APPROPRIATELY TRAINED TO RESPOND TO ANY SITUATION THEY MAY COME ACROSS SO THEY CAN BEST ENSURE THAT THE SAFETY, SO THEY CAN BEST ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS.

HISD PD GOES WELL ABOVE AND BEYOND THE MANDATORY REQUIRED TRAINING BY THE STATE.

AS A DEPARTMENT, WE OFFER 40 PLUS HOURS OF TRAINING EACH YEAR ACROSS THE WIDE VARIETY OF SUBJECTS LISTED HERE ON THE SLIDE.

HISD, THESE CLASSES ARE ALL FOR THE HISD OFFICERS AND SO FAR THIS YEAR IN 2022, THESE ARE THE CLASSES THAT WE HAVE OFFERED TO OUR HISD OFFICERS. ONE OF THE TRAINERS THAT WE FIND MOST IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF HELPING OUR OFFICERS TO BETTER RESPOND TO ISSUES WITH STUDENTS ON OUR CAMPUSES IS THAT OF DE-ESCALATION.

THROUGH DE-ESCALATION OFFICERS CAN PREVENT CAMPUS INCIDENTS FROM BECOMING INTERVENTIONS THAT REQUIRE ACTION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THE HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH THE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT OUR OFFICERS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNIZING ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR AND REFERRING THE CHILD TO THE APPROPRIATE RESOURCES WITHOUT RESORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOCUSED INTERVENTION.

THE ESCALATION TRAINING IS TAUGHT ANNUALLY AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ALL OFFICERS, AND IT'S ONE OF 22.

SEL TRAINED HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT IN CRISIS PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, CPI TRAINING, DE-ESCALATION, TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES, IMPLICIT BIASES, RESTORATIVE CIRCLES.

ADDITIONALLY, ALL HISD POLICE OFFICERS HAVE RECEIVED SCHOOL BASED LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING.

THIS SBLE 4064, WHICH IS THE STATE MANDATED TOPIC THAT WE HAVE TO TEACH OFFICERS.

AND THOSE TOPICS INCLUDE CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS INTERVENTION AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY, DE-ESCALATION TECHNIQUES AND TECHNIQUES FOR LIMITING THE USE OF FORCE, INCLUDING THE USE OF PHYSICAL, MECHANICAL AND CHEMICAL RESTRAINTS, MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES OR SPECIAL NEEDS, AND POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS THAT SUPPORTS CONFLICT RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES, AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE TECHNIQUES.

NOW, WHEN IT COMES TO ACTIVE SHOOTER PREPAREDNESS, THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR POLICE RESPONSE TO AN ACTIVE ATTACK EVENT IS 3 MINUTES.

WITHOUT EFFECTIVE PRE-PLANNED RESPONSE OPTIONS TO CIVILIANS AT THE SCENE OF THE ATTACK, MANY VICTIMS CAN BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED DURING THOSE 3 MINUTES.

OUR PREPARATION FOR THESE SITUATIONS IS CRITICAL IN ORDER TO HELP ELIMINATE THE THREAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

HOUSTON ISD TRAINS ANNUALLY ON ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE.

TRAINING ALSO DEALS WITH THE EVENTS' PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA ON STUDENTS AND STAFF.

SINCE UVALDE, I ORDERED AN ADDITIONAL 8 HOURS OF ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING, WHICH INCLUDES THE BREACHING TECHNIQUES, USE OF SHIELDS AND MORE HANDS-ON SCENARIO BASED TRAINING. AN ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE REQUIRES A RESPONSE FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES.

IN APRIL, HISD PD HOSTED THE ADVANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TRAINING CLASS, AND THOSE PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED HPD, THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S

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DEPARTMENT, ALDINE, KATY, SPRING AND SPRING BRANCH ISD, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THERE ARE TIMES THAT WHEN, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN POLICE MUST USE FORCE IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THOSE ACTIONS, WHEN EVERY TIME WE USE FORCE, MUST BE CLEARLY JUSTIFIABLE, REPORTED APPROPRIATELY TO THE AGENCY AND OTHER NECESSARY AUTHORITIES AND COMMUNICATED TO THE PUBLIC HOW POLICE USE FORCE AND EXPLAIN THAT USE TO THE PUBLIC IS CRITICAL FOR ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS.

POLICE USE TREMENDOUS DISCRETION IN DETERMINING FORCE, WHEN DETERMINING FORCE MAY BE NECESSARY, BEGINNING WITH THE PRESENCE, VERBAL COMMAND, THE ESCALATION TECHNIQUES BEFORE ANY ACTUAL PHYSICAL FORCE IS ENGAGED.

MISUSE OF FORCE, PARTICULARLY WITH VIDEO RECORDING OF THE EVENT, IS SHARED WIDELY, IS UNDERSTANDABLY DISTURBING TO THE COMMUNITY.

OUT OF MILLIONS OF CALLS ANNUALLY RESEARCH PUTS THE USE OF FORCE RATE AT LESS THAN 1% OF ALL RESPONSE CALLS FOR SERVICE.

SYSTEMATIC REPORTING OF USE OF FORCE INCIDENTS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO AGENCIES AND COMMUNITIES AND THE USE OF FORCE CONTINUUM, AS YOU SEE ON THE SLIDE HERE, ARE MERELY GUIDELINES, AND IT STARTS OFF WITH AN OFFICER PRESENCE.

IN THIS SITUATION, NO FORCE IS USED AND IT'S CONSIDERED THE BEST WAY TO RESOLVE OUR SITUATION.

VERBALIZATION. IF FORCE IS NOT USED WHEN WE TRY AND TO DE-ESCALATE THE SITUATION BY VERBALLY TALKING THE PERSON INTO COMPLYING OR TRYING TO RESOLVE THE SCENE. WHEN YOU USE VERBAL CITATIONS, OFFICERS ISSUE CALM, NON-THREATENING COMMANDS SUCH AS LET ME SEE YOUR IDENTIFICATION REGISTRATION.

OFFICERS MAY INCREASE THEIR VOLUME AND SHOWING COMMUNICATION, SHOWING COMMANDS, IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN COMPLIANCE.

SHORT COMMANDS MAY INCLUDE STOP OR DON'T MOVE.

THEN WE MOVE ON TO EMPTY HAND CONTROL.

THIS IS WHEN OFFICERS USE BODILY FORCE TO CONTROL THE SITUATION.

YOU HAVE SWAT TECHNIQUE.

THAT'S WHEN AN OFFICER USES HOLDS OR JOINT LOCKS TO RESTRAIN THE INDIVIDUAL.

OR YOU HAVE A HARD TECHNIQUE WHERE OFFICERS USE PUNCHES AND KICKS TO RESTRAIN AN INDIVIDUAL.

THEN WE HAVE OUR LESS LETHAL OPTIONS, WHICH ARE BATONS, CHEMICAL SPRAY, TASERS, AND THE LAST OPTION IS LETHAL FORCE.

AND THAT'S ONLY USED IN EXTREME SITUATIONS.

THAT'S WHEN A PERSON POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE OFFICER OR THE INDIVIDUAL.

ALL USE OF FORCE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES THEY SHOULD NOT BE THOU SHALL NOT COMMANDMENTS.

THE GOALS OF THE USE OF FORCE POLICY IS TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION, REDUCE THE NUMBER OF USE OF FORCE INCIDENTS, AND REDUCE THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE.

ONLY THROUGH TRAINING AND EDUCATION DOES THE POLICE DEPARTMENT INCREASE OFFICER AND PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE REDUCING POTENTIAL INJURIES.

THE OFFICERS USE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DISCRETION IN DETERMINING WHEN FORCE MAY BE NECESSARY.

THE FIRST OPTION, IN MOST CASES, BEGINS WITH VERBAL COMMANDS AND DE-ESCALATION TECHNIQUES BEFORE ANY ACTUAL PHYSICAL FORCE IS USED.

POLICIES ARE WRITTEN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF USE FORCE INCIDENTS, AND WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURS, THE FIRST PRIORITY IS THE WELFARE OF THE STUDENT OR SUSPECT.

USE OF FORCE INCIDENTS BY HISD OFFICERS ARE CLOSELY SCRUTINIZED BY DEPARTMENT POLICY.

ALL CASES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VERBAL ORDERS OR MERE PRESENCE OF A VIEW TO ENSURE OFFICERS FOLLOW POLICY.

THIS REVIEW ALLOWS TO DETERMINE THE OFFICERS FOLLOW POLICY AND THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL TRAINING IS NEEDED AND IF INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATIONS ARE NECESSARY.

NOW WE'RE GOING TO ADDITIONAL INQUIRIES THAT WERE REQUESTED BY THE TRUSTEES.

NOW, WHEN IT COMES TO INTERVIEWING OF JUVENILES, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF INTERVIEWS THAT ARE CONDUCTED BY POLICE, AND IT ALSO APPLIES TO ADULTS.

THERE'S NON-CUSTODIAL AND THAT'S WHEN THE PERSON IS QUESTIONED.

WHEN THEY ARE NOT DEEMED TO BE IN CUSTODY, THEN NO WARNINGS ARE REQUIRED.

THE PERSON IS FREE TO STOP THE INTERVIEW AT ANY TIME, REQUEST AN ATTORNEY OR REQUEST THEIR PARENTS.

THEN YOU HAVE THE CUSTODIAL, THIS ONE THAT THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO MAKE AN ARREST AND A CUSTODIAL INTERVIEW.

I'M SORRY. THE OFFICERS CUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS, THIS IS WHEN AN OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO MAKE AN ARREST.

AND DURING THE CUSTODIAL INTERVIEW, IF A CHILD IS ARRESTED, THEY FIRST MUST BE TAKEN BEFORE A JUDGE AND READ A WARNING THAT INCLUDES THE MIRANDA WARNINGS.

IF THE JUDGE BELIEVES THAT THE CHILD UNDERSTANDS THIS WARNING, THE CHILD CHOOSES TO TALK WITH THE POLICE, THE JUDGE CAN GIVE THE POLICE PERMISSION TO CONTINUE WITH THE QUESTIONING. IN ALL CASES, A PERSON IS ENTITLED TO THEIR FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF SELF-INCRIMINATION.

TEXAS LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS THE POLICE TO CONDUCT NONCUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS.

NOW, THE TOPIC OF PROHIBITING OFFICERS FROM INTERVIEWING IS NOT A BLACK AND WHITE ISSUE.

THEY ARE SITUATIONS WHEN OFFICERS WILL NEED TO INTERVIEW CHILDREN IN CASES WHERE THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IS IN JEOPARDY OR DANGERS EXIST TO OTHERS.

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ADDITIONALLY, THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CRIME AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SITUATION WILL DICTATE WHETHER SUCH INTERVIEWS MUST BE CONDUCTED WITHIN THE SCHOOL OR WHETHER THEY CAN BE DEFERRED UNTIL THE CHILD CAN BE CONTACTED AT HOME OR AFTER SCHOOL.

TWO EXAMPLES I HAVE.

AN ANONYMOUS, EXCUSE ME, AN ANONYMOUS TIP IS CALLED IN THE LEGEND THAT A CHILD BROUGHT A WEAPON TO CAMPUS.

THE OFFICER DOES NOT HAVE PC TO MAKE AN ARREST AND DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM A PARENT OR ATTORNEY.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE IN ORDER TO INVESTIGATE A POTENTIAL SERIOUS INCIDENT AND RECOVER THE WEAPON.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THE CHILD IS A RUNAWAY OR IS MISSING.

AND THE INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUE IS TO INTERVIEW THE CHILD'S BEST FRIENDS.

AGAIN OFFICERS NEED TO QUICKLY CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CHILD TO DETERMINE THEIR WHEREABOUTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THERE ARE MANY OTHER INSTANCES WHEN OFFICERS NEED TO CONDUCT NONCUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS.

NOT BEING ABLE TO CONDUCT A NON-CUSTODIAL INTERVIEW CAN DELAY THE INVESTIGATION AND THE ABILITY TO SEEK THE TRUTH OF INCIDENTS OCCURRING ON CAMPUSES.

NOW, CUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS AND THE ADMISSIBILITY OF A JUVENILE STATEMENT IS COVERED IN CHAPTER 51 OF THE TEXAS FAMILY CODE.

THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH OUR POLICY PERTAINING TO JUVENILE INTERROGATIONS AND APPLY ONLY TO NONCUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS.

TEXAS FAMILY CODE TITLE III JUVENILE JUSTICE CODE CHAPTER 51.095 OUTLINES THE PROCEDURES OF TAKING A WRITTEN OR RECORDED STATEMENT FROM A JUVENILE UNDER ARREST OR WHERE PROBABLE CAUSE EXISTS TO MAKE AN ARREST.

BEFORE OBTAINING A WRITTEN CONFESSION OR STATEMENT FROM AN IN-CUSTODY JUVENILE, THE JUVENILE MUST RECEIVE A WARNING FROM A MAGISTRATE THAT INFORMS THE JUVENILE THAT HE MAY, HE OR SHE MAY REMAIN SILENT AND MAY NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENT AT ALL, AND THAT ANY STATEMENT THEY MAKE MAY BE USED AS EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM IN COURT.

IN ADDITION, OUR POLICY 440-001, ARRESTS AND INTERROGATIONS OF SUSPECTS, STATES THAT THE JUVENILE HAS A RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY PRESENT TO ADVISE THE JUVENILE EITHER BEFORE OR DURING ANY QUESTIONING IF THE JUVENILE IS UNABLE TO EMPLOY AN ATTORNEY, THE JUVENILE HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY APPOINTED TO COUNSEL WITH THE JUVENILE BEFORE OR DURING ANY INTERVIEWS WITH POLICE OFFICERS OR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THE STATE, AND THE JUVENILE HAS THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE THE INTERVIEW AT ANY TIME. THOSE ARE CUSTODIAL INTERROGATIONS.

ADDITIONALLY, OUR POLICY PERTAINING TO QUESTIONING STUDENTS REQUIRES THAT AN OFFICER ALWAYS CONSIDER THE PRIVACY OF THE STUDENT.

WHEN THERE'S AN URGENT NEED TO CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW AS A PART OF INVESTIGATION OUR POLICY REQUIRES THAT AN APPROPRIATE SCHOOL OFFICIAL CALL THE STUDENT TO THE OFFICE OR OTHER PRIVATE SETTING WITHIN THE CAMPUS SO THAT THE QUESTIONING CAN BE CONDUCTED.

THE POLICE SHALL ALWAYS MAKE THE PRESENCE KNOWN FIRST TO THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR ANY OTHER SCHOOL OFFICIAL IN CHARGE.

AT THAT TIME, THEY SHOULD EXPLAIN THE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS AND THE NEED TO MEET WITH THE STUDENT.

POLICE OFFICERS MAY ALSO ALLOW THE PRESENCE OF A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR UNLESS THERE ARE PRIVACY ISSUES OR THE CASE WILL BE COMPROMISED.

BUT THE ADMINISTRATOR MAY ONLY OBSERVE AND NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERVIEW.

HISD OFFICERS SHALL ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE RIGHTS OF JUVENILES, PARTICULARLY IN CASES WHERE THE INTERVIEW IS MOVED FROM A MORE OF A FACT FINDING VOLUNTARY STATEMENT TO AN ACTUAL POLICE INQUIRY OF CUSTODIAL NATURE TARGETING THE JUVENILES AS POSSIBLE SUSPECTS IN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

IN NO CASE SHOULD AN OFFICER ENLIST SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GATHERING INFORMATION FOR POLICE INVESTIGATIONS SINCE THEY CONSTRUCTIVELY BECOME AGENTS OF THE POLICE AND THE INFORMATION THEY OBTAIN IS SUBJECT TO DUE PROCESS LIMITATIONS THAT MAY AFFECT THEIR ADMISSIBILITY IN CRIMINAL COURT OR JUVENILE COURT PROCEEDING. ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, THE DEPARTMENT COULD CONDUCT ANNUAL REFRESHER TRAINING TO INFORM OFFICERS OF THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CONCERNING CUSTODIAL AND NON-CUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS.

ADDITIONALLY, CKE LEGAL AND LOCAL SAFETY PROGRAM MISMANAGEMENT OUTLINES THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POLICE AS DEFINED BY THE TEXAS CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, WHICH STATES THAT THE POLICE HAS THE DUTY TO PRESERVE THE PEACE WITHIN THE OFFICERS JURISDICTION BY USING ALL LAWFUL MEANS.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT MEETS ALL REQUIREMENTS DEFINED AS CKE LEGAL AND LOCAL.

THAT'S THE QUESTION ABOUT MOUS.

AND THAT'S WHEN THE SCHOOL POLICE DEPARTMENT, BY THE TEXAS EDUCATION CODE, THAT'S WHEN THE SCHOOL POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS TO HAVE AN MOU IN PLACE FOR ANY AGENCY THAT OVERLAPS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

AN EXAMPLE OF AN MOU IS ONE WE HAVE WITH HARRIS COUNTY, AND WE PRIMARILY USE THEM FOR A FIREARMS RANGE OF THE ANNUAL FIREARMS QUALIFICATION.

SO WE DON'T HAVE A RANGE.

IN TURN, WE ALLOW THEM TO USE OUR TRAINING FACILITY AT NORTH PD.

SO IT'S A RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT WITH HARRIS COUNTY AND OTHER AGENCIES THAT WE HAVE MOUS WITH.

DAY TO DAY USE OF METAL DETECTORS IS THE EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE, WITH THE MAJORITY OF US SCHOOLS.

THIS TOPIC IS VERY CONTENTIOUS AND WILL REQUIRE COMMUNITY INPUT.

I'M A PROPONENT OF A LAYERED SECURITY APPROACH THAT CONSISTS OF PHYSICAL SECURITY, WHICH IS FENCES, SINGLE ACCESS POINTS, VIDEO CAMERAS, MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS AND THREAT

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ASSESSMENT TEAMS BEFORE WE INVEST IN METAL DETECTORS.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT THIS WAY.

A METAL DETECTOR WILL DO YOU NO GOOD IF THE FENCING OR ENTRANCES ARE NOT WORKING.

PREVENTING SOMEONE FROM ACCESSING THE CAMPUS IT'S THE FIRST CONCEPT OF CAMPUS SECURITY.

NOW WE TALK ABOUT JUVENILE ARRESTS.

THIS CHART ILLUSTRATES THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS HISD OFFICERS MAKE EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

THIS CHART IS FROM 2018 ALL THE WAY TO 2022-2023 CURRENTLY.

THESE ARE SCHOOL CALENDAR YEARS.

THE REST WERE MADE WHEN OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE.

WE EXAMINED THE FOLLOWING YEARS IN 2018 AND 2019.

28% OF THOSE ARRESTS COMPRISED OF ASSAULTIVE OFFENSES.

NARCOTICS OFFENSES WERE 38%.

THE OTHER 34 WERE OFFENSES LIKE WEAPONS, THEFT, BURGLARIES AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.

WHEN WE GO TO 2019 TO 2020, ASSAULTS COMPROMISED 42% OF THE ARRESTS AND THE OTHER OFFENSES WERE NARCOTICS OFFENSES.

AND THEN AGAIN, WEAPONS THEFTS, BURGLARIES AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.

IN 2021 ASSAULTS COMPROMISED A 28% OF THE RISK NARCOTICS OFFENSE AT 16% AND OTHER INCIDENTS.

NOW 2020, WE ALL KNOW THAT'S THE COVID YEAR.

SO THAT WAS A LOW YEAR BECAUSE NOBODY WAS ON CAMPUSES.

NOW, WHEN WE GO TO 2021, WHEN THE STUDENTS CAME BACK FROM COVID, ASSAULTS COMPROMISED 56% OF THESE ARRESTS AND TERRORIST OFFENSES WERE AT 11%.

NOW WE GO TO 2022,-2023.

CURRENTLY, ASSAULTS COMPROMISE 63% OF THE ARRESTS MADE SO FAR IN 2022-2023.

TERRORISTIC OFFENSES WERE THE OTHER REMAINING LARGE PORTION OF THAT STAT AT 9.6%.

THIS SLIDE ILLUSTRATES THE OT COSTS FOR THE POLICE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

POLICE ARE PAID OUT OF SEVERAL BUDGETS FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND THOSE ARE DEPARTMENTAL OVERTIME, ATHLETICS AND SCHOOLS.

THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR AND CAPTAIN MUST APPROVE ALL OVERTIME PAY VIA HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT OR OTHER HISD DEPARTMENTS.

ADDITIONALLY, I CREATED A SPREADSHEET, AN INTERNAL SPREADSHEET FOR OUR BUSINESS MANAGER TO MONITOR OUR OVERTIME USAGE EVERY PAY PERIOD TO ENSURE UNNECESSARY OVERTIME IS NOT INCURRED.

BY WITNESS INITIAL I CORRECTED WITH THE SUPERVISORS.

THE REASON FOR THE INCREASED OVERTIME IN 2020 IS YOU COULD TELL IT WAS BECAUSE OF COVID, SO THERE WAS EXTRA SUPPORT NEEDED TO COVER THE DISTRICT'S SUPPORT IN THE COVID.

WE HAVE FOOD DISTRIBUTION, ALL THE COVID SITES, SO THE POLICE OFFICERS HAD TO COVER THEM.

SO THAT'S WHAT YOU SEE, A BIG INCREASE.

I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES.

HISD PD CORE OFFICERS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WE PROVIDE AN ARRAY OF SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY, EMPHASIZING POSITIVE YOUTH RELATIONSHIPS.

OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN POLICE AND COMMUNITIES TO SERVICE.

STRONG RELATIONSHIPS OF MUTUAL TRUST BETWEEN POLICE AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE ARE CRITICAL TO MAINTAINING PUBLIC SAFETY AND EFFECTIVE POLICING.

POLICE OFFICERS RELY ON THE COOPERATION OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT CRIMES IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND TO WORK WITH THE POLICE TO DEVISE SOLUTIONS TO CRIME AND DISORDER PROBLEMS. THE HISD POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PLEASED TO OFFER VARIOUS PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE COMMUNITY SAFETY AND ENHANCE THE DEPARTMENT'S ROLES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

NOW WHEN I BEGAN IN 2020, WE HAD 12 CAMPUSES AND WE PROVIDED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SIMILAR TO WHAT CORE DOES TO 300 KIDS.

NOW, IN 2022, WE EXPANDED FROM 12 CAMPUSES TO 61 CAMPUSES, AND WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES, MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND TRAINING TO OVER 2700 KIDS.

NOW THIS CHART PROVIDES THE ACADEMIC TYPE OF ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS PROVIDED BY HISD P CORE TEAM.

URBANSTEM AND ENRICHLY ARE THE FIRST PILOT YEAR OF THE PROGRAMING.

DARE IS IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE PROGRAMMING AND TAPS IS IN THE THIRD YEAR OF THE PROGRAMMING.

AND THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.

ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT HOUSE AND CHIEF LOPEZ.

COLLEAGUES, WE ARE READY FOR COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS.

PLEASE INDICATE YOUR INTEREST IN THE QUEUE.

FOR EACH ITEM OF DISCUSSION WE WILL DO TWO ROUNDS OF TWO MINUTES EACH.

IF AN ADDITIONAL ROUND IS DESIRED, THAT CAN BE DONE WITH A MOTION, SECOND AND BOARD VOTE .

TRUSTEE WADE. THANK YOU, CHIEF LOPEZ, FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

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ON SLIDE PAGE 18, WHERE YOU HAVE THE CHART OF ARRESTS.

THANK YOU. WAS THERE ANY WAY WE COULD GET THAT DISAGGREGATED BY TYPE AS WELL? YOU SAID THE TYPE OF ARREST.

YES. COULD THAT, COULD WE GET A BETTER CHART THAT KIND OF SHOWS US ALL THE DIFFERENT.

YES. OKAY. THAT'D BE GREAT.

AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION OR CONCERN OR TOPIC IS BASICALLY, SO A LOT OF OUR SCHOOL DAY LOCKDOWNS TEND TO BE DUE TO DRILLS, FALSE FLAGS OR OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL THREATS IN THE NEARBY AREA.

SO I JUST APPRECIATE THAT THERE'S SOMEONE THERE THAT IS WATCHING OVER THE STUDENTS WHEN THINGS ARE GOING ON OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE GUIDRY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

ON SLIDE NUMBER SEVEN.

THE MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS, THOSE WHO RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATIONS.

HOW MANY DO WE HAVE IN HISD? CURRENTLY, OFFICERS RECEIVE THE BASIC MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATION.

WE HAVE PLANS IN PROGRESS TO ONCE WE DEVELOP THE TEAM WITH SEL TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO THE TWO OFFICERS THAT WE HAVE PLANNED TO DO THAT, BUT ALSO PLANS TO EXPAND THAT PROGRAM.

THAT'S THE 40 HOUR COURSE.

I ONLY HAVE THAT, I HAVE A SHORT TRAINING WINDOW, SO I HAVE TO PROVIDE THAT TRAINING AND IDENTIFY THOSE OFFICERS BETWEEN THE END OF SCHOOL AND THE START OF SCHOOL, BECAUSE IT'S THE 40 HOUR PROGRAM, I CAN'T AFFORD TO PULL OFFICERS OFF CAMPUSES TO ATTEND THEIR TRAINING.

SO WE'RE GOING TO START UP WITH TWO OFFICERS AND THEY HAVE FUTURE PLANS TO EXTEND IT TO AT LEAST 50% OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AND WHERE WOULD, HOW WILL THOSE TWO OFFICERS WITH THE EXTENSIVE TRAINING, WHICH CAMPUSES WILL THEY BE ASSIGNED TO, OR HOW WILL THEY BE DISPERSED? WE'RE STILL WORKING ON SPECIFICS OF THAT PROGRAM WITH SEL, HAVEN'T FULLY IMPLEMENTED IT YET.

WE'RE STILL IN THE PLANNING PHASE.

SO MYSELF AND DR.

SCOTT ARE GOING TO WORK TO IMPLEMENT THAT PROGRAM AND WORK OUT THOSE ISSUES.

TRUSTEE GUIDRY THIS IS ACTUALLY ON TOP OF OUR SEL DEPARTMENT AS WELL, BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LITANY OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE ALREADY TRAINED ON A DAILY BASIS THAT ARE DEPLOYED TO OUR SCHOOLS.

OKAY AND THAT'S, SO THAT LEADS INTO MY NEXT QUESTION.

HOW MANY OF THOSE OFFICERS DO WE HAVE ON CAMPUSES? SO IN REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE TRAINED THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY OFFICERS.

CANDICE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE SOME SOME INSIGHT AND REFERENCE TO HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS THAT WE HAVE? I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT WE'VE INCREASED FROM 68% OF OUR CAMPUSES HAVING SOMEONE IN PLACE TO 92%.

BUT I HATE TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT.

DO YOU HAVE NUMBERS SPECIFICALLY IN TERMS OF THOSE? GOOD AFTERNOON. SO WE HAVE 32 LICENSED SPECIALISTS THAT SUPPORT CAMPUSES AND PARTNERED WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE SEL TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO OUR CAMPUSES.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

HOW MANY COMFORT DOGS DO WE HAVE? JUST ONE. WE HAVE ONE, EXCUSE ME.

WE HAVE ONE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND I THINK DR. SCOTT AND HER TEAM, YOU HAVE TWO.

SO WE HAVE THREE TOTAL.

WE HAVE THREE TOTAL.

YES, MA'AM. ONE AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND TWO WITH SEL.

SO HOW ARE THEY DISPERSED? IS IT AS NEED BASIS? SO GOOD AFTERNOON.

SO THEY ARE DISPERSED WITH THE CRISIS TEAM.

SO WE DO GRIEF COUNSELING WITH THEM WHEN WE HAVE A SCHOOL WIDE.

BUT ANY TIME WE HAVE TO GO OUT TO A CAMPUS, IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME, THEY, WE HAVE A HANDLER THAT'S CERTIFIED AND SHE GOES TO THE CAMPUS AND PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES FOR THE SCHOOLS.

AND SO, SUPERINTENDENT HOUSE DO WE KNOW THE COST OF ONE OF THESE DOGS? BECAUSE I'D SURELY LIKE TO SEE THAT INCREASED, THE COMFORT DOGS.

I'M NOT FOR CERTAIN WHAT THE ACTUAL COST IS.

SO I HAVE THOSE NUMBERS.

IT WAS A GRANT THAT WE RECEIVED TWO YEARS AGO AND SO IT RUNS US ABOUT $40,000 A YEAR SINCE WE'VE ALREADY HAD THE INITIAL TRAINING.

SO SINCE WE HAVE A CERTIFIED HANDLER, SHE'S CERTIFIED TO HANDLE AND TRAIN ANY DOGS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PURCHASE.

BUT ANNUALLY IT COSTS US ABOUT $40,000.

PER DOG OR? AND HAVE WE RECEIVED ANY FEEDBACK WITH RESPECT TO THE COMFORT DOGS?

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WE'VE GOTTEN SOME SURVEY FEEDBACK.

SO FOR EACH CRISIS CALL THAT WE GO OUT ON, WE DO RECEIVE FEEDBACK AND SO WE'VE RECEIVED NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK.

I WILL BE MORE THAN WILLING TO SHARE THAT DATA WITH.

PLEASE DO. AS IT RELATES TO THE COMFORT.

AND ACTUALLY THE PROGRAM IS CALLED PAWS.

ITS PET ASSISTED WELLNESS ASSISTANCE.

SERVICES. THANK YOU.

I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE THE SURVEY DATA.

OKAY. AND FINALLY, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE STEP BY STEP WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HPD ARRESTS A JUVENILE? WHAT, CAN WE EXPLAIN TO THE PARENTS WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHILD AND WHAT PATH THEY TAKE AFTER AN ARREST? SURE. YES, NORMALLY.

WELL, IN ALL CASES, IF A CHILD IS ARRESTED, WE TRY TO RELEASE THE CHILD AT THE SCENE.

ALL DEPENDS ON THE LEVEL OF OFFENSE, THE INCIDENT, THE CRIME THAT THEY COMMITTED.

SO IN MOST CASES, WE TRY TO RELEASE THE CHILD TO A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AT THE SCENE, AND WE HAVE TO TRANSPORT HIM FOR THE ORDERS OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TO OUR FACILITY.

WE TRANSPORT HIM TO 3500 TAMPA, OUR POLICE HEADQUARTERS WHERE THEY FINGERPRINT [INAUDIBLE] AND THEN RELEASE THEM TO THE SCENE, TO THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

IN SOME CASES, THE JUVENILE PROBATION DEPARTMENT WILL TELL US TO TAKE THEM OVER TO THE JUVENILE FACILITY.

SO IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THE DIRECTORS DO, BASICALLY.

BUT THAT'S, AND GREAT.

SO YOU'RE DIRECTED BY WHO AS TO WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHILD.

THE HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, CHIEF.

[LAUGHTER] I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE OVERTIME HAS DRASTICALLY GONE DOWN, LIKE TRUSTEE WADE SAID.

FOR THE DATA ON THE STUDENT ARREST, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT DATA DISAGGREGATED MORE.

I KNOW THAT YOU SAID IT, BUT IT'S HARD TO SEE IT.

AND THEN IF WE COULD ALSO GET IT BY RACE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT AS WELL.

AND THEN ONE THING THAT I'VE BEEN ASKING YOU ABOUT THAT I STILL HAVEN'T SEEN IS AXION.

IS THERE AN UPDATE ON THAT? THIS IS STILL GOING THROUGH THE LEGAL CHANNELS.

I'M WORKING WITH ELNEITA, MS. HUTCHINS, TO GET THAT PUSHED OUT.

WE'RE READY TO PUSH IT OUT. WE JUST GOT TO JUST DECIDE ON THE VERBIAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S COMPLIANT WITH WHAT THE CONTRACT IS, BECAUSE ONCE WE RECEIVE INFORMATION, THAT BECOMES THE PROPERTY OF HISD.

IF YOU SUBMIT A TIP, WHETHER IT'S A VIDEO OR A STATEMENT TO US, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CITIZEN KNOWS THAT WE'RE GOING TO INVESTIGATE THAT INCIDENT AND KEEP THAT AS OUR PROPERTY. YOU CAN'T SAY, OKAY, GIVE ME THE VIDEO BACK BECAUSE THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

SO WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT VERBIAGE IS FINALIZED BEFORE WE PUSH THIS SYSTEM UP.

BUT WE'RE READY TO GO. OKAY.

DOES HISD USE DRUG DOGS? YES. HOW MANY OF THOSE DO WE HAVE.

COMMANDER TRAN? WE HAVE CURRENTLY.

I'M GOING TO GET COMMANDER TRAN BECAUSE HE WAS, HE'S THE SUPERVISOR OVER THE CANINE OPERATIONS WE CURRENTLY HAVE.

CORRECT ME, HE WILL CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG.

ITS THREE. HERE YOU GO.

HOW MANY DO WE HAVE? HOW ARE THOSE DEPLOYED AND WHAT IS THE COST OF THAT? THE DRUG DOGS. GOOD AFTERNOON.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE TWO.

THREE NARCOTICS DOGS, ONE SINGLE PURPOSE, AND TWO OF THEM ARE SINGLE-DUAL PURPOSE.

AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? EXPLAIN DUAL PURPOSE.

DUAL PURPOSE MEANING THAT THEY HAVE ANOTHER FUNCTION, FOR EXAMPLE, ODOR DETECTION OR A PATROL WORK.

FOR NARCOTICS WE HAVE THREE DOGS THAT CAN PERFORM THOSE SWEEPS, FOR NARCOTICS SWEEPS.

HOW IS IT DECIDED WHERE THOSE DOGS ARE SENT? SO THOSE DOGS ARE DEPLOYED ON RANDOM, ON RANDOM SWEEPS.

THERE'S A LIST THAT WE GO BY ON THE NUMBERS THAT CORRESPOND WITH THE SCHOOLS.

WE'RE IN PROCESS OF UPDATING THAT LIST TO MAKE SURE IT'S UP TO DATE.

BUT THOSE LISTS EVERY WEEK WE SELECT ABOUT TEN SCHOOLS ON A RANDOM NUMBER.

THEN WE GO AHEAD AND DO THE SWEEP ON THERE.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

OKAY. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I KNOW THAT YOU SAID YOU HAD SOME NUMBERS FOR COUNSELOR/SOCIAL WORKERS.

CORRECT.

AT 92%. ARE THOSE EMPLOYEES ONLY FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS, OR ARE THEY ALSO DEPLOYED OR ARE THEY ALSO TAKING ON ANOTHER ROLE, SUCH AS CREATING SCHEDULES AND COLLEGE COUNSELING OR EXTRA

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THINGS LIKE THAT? SURE.

I'LL HAVE MY SEL TEAM TO COME UP, CANDICE, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

DR. CASTILLO. SPECIFIC QUESTION WAS AROUND THE UTILIZATION OF OUR COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS AND ENSURING THAT THEY ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL DAY AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT OF CHILDREN LIKE BUILDING SCHEDULES AND BUILDING THE NUMBER, OF COURSE HOURS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR GRADUATION.

CORRECT. SO WE HAVE THE COUNSELORS THAT ARE PROVIDING SPECIFIC SERVICES ON THE CAMPUSES.

AND SO IN COMBINATION WITH COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS, WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT UNDER 300 RIGHT NOW.

AND SO DEPENDING, BUT LIKE HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS, THE NUMBER WILL VARY VERSUS THE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

DO YOU HAVE THE NUMBER OR THE PERCENTAGE OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A SOCIAL WORKER OR COUNSELOR WHOSE ONLY DUTY IS TO HELP STUDENTS WITH SEL OR MENTAL HEALTH, THAT KIND OF THING? SO ALL OF THEM ARE DOING A SUPPORT THAT IS RELATED TO SEL.

SO WE SPLIT THE TIME.

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT WE SPLIT THE TIME BETWEEN HOW MUCH THEY'RE DOING OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND THEN, YOU KNOW, BASED ON IDENTIFIED NEEDS, THE ADDITIONAL SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT.

SO WE CAN GIVE YOU A SPECIFIC NUMBERS OR DATA IF THAT'S I DEFINITELY WOULD LIKE THAT. BECAUSE, I MEAN, AS A PERSON WHO WENT THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND AS A PERSON WHO WORKED IN HISD, THERE IS NO WAY THAT I THINK THAT ONE COUNSELOR AT A SCHOOL THAT HAS 4 OR 500 STUDENTS WHO'S ALSO DOING ANOTHER ROLE IS ABLE TO COMPLETELY ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ARE GETTING THEIR NEEDS MET BECAUSE THERE'S NOT ONE PERSON THAT CAN HANDLE EVERYTHING THAT IS SOCIAL WORKER AND ALSO COUNSELOR IN TERMS OF SCHEDULING AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO YES, I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE THOSE NUMBERS BECAUSE I THINK THAT THIS 92% NUMBER IS NOT A TRUE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON IN HISD.

AND I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE A TRUE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND ANOTHER SUPPORT THAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS 92% IS THE DEPLOYMENT OF OUR WRAPAROUND SPECIALIST AS WELL.

WHETHER OR NOT TRAINED OR CERTIFIED INDIVIDUALS IN A PARTICULAR AREA IN TERMS OF MENTAL HEALTH, THEY ARE THE CONNECTORS AND SOMETIMES THEY DO CONNECT TO SERVICES INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY.

SO THEY'RE CRITICAL IN THE SUPPORT AS WELL.

NO, I AGREE. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE NUMBERS FOR EMPLOYEES THAT ARE ONLY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND NOT HAVE OTHER DUTIES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

WILL DO. AND THEN I ALSO SUBMITTED.

TRUSTEE BAKER.

YES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION, SUPERINTENDENT HOUSE AND CHIEF LOPEZ.

AND I KNOW YOU TRY TO MINIMIZE EXPOSURE BY NOT, YOU KNOW, ENLIGHTENING THE PUBLIC ON EVERY SINGLE DETAIL BECAUSE YOU MENTIONED THAT LAST TIME, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE OF THE CHILDREN'S LIVES.

BUT IN LIGHT OF THE PUBLIC SUPPORT AND WHAT I'M HEARING AS WELL.

MY FIRST QUESTION IS, ARE YOU PLANNING ON HAVING FUTURE COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO GET ALL OF THEIR INPUT, YOU KNOW, AND MORE AND MORE INPUT . INPUT INTO? INTO WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE WITH INVOLVING SECURITY? I THINK WE'RE ALWAYS OPEN TO LISTENING.

WE'RE NOT AND WHETHER THAT'S IN WRITING, WHETHER THAT'S ZOOM CALLS, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, THE SHORT, SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

SO WE'RE ALWAYS OPEN TO BECAUSE I'M SAYING THAT IN REFERENCE TO THE PEOPLE THAT CAME OUT TODAY.

YOU KNOW, APPARENTLY THERE'S, FROM WHAT I HEAR, THERE'S SOME TYPE OF MISCOMMUNICATIONS OF SOME SORT BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE MESSAGE, YOU KNOW, THAT HERE IS WHAT WE WANT. HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO SAY WHAT YOU WANT.

AND, YOU KNOW, I JUST THINK IT JUST SHOULD BE RAISED TO A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY INPUT.

THAT'S MY FIRST CONCERN.

SO WE CAN REALLY GET WHAT THEY WANT AND HEAR THE OUT AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE'RE LISTENING.

MY SECOND QUESTION IS, DO YOU HAVE A MASTER PLAN FOR SECURITY, IN LIGHT OF WHAT HAPPENED IN UVALDE, IN LIGHT OF WHAT'S HAPPENED AROUND THE NATION? DO YOU HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN PLACE? I THINK THAT'S A PART OF WHAT CHIEF TALKED ABOUT, AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE SPECIFICS AND IN CLOSED SESSION IN TERMS OF WHERE WE STARTED, WHERE WE ARE.

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WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT IT'S AN ONGOING PROCESS.

THERE'S SUPPORTS, MANDATES, EXPECTATIONS COMING DOWN FROM THE STATE LEVEL.

THERE'S ALSO SUPPORTS TRAINING THAT ARE HAPPENING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AS WELL.

THAT ALL IS ENCOMPASSED AS A PART OF OUR OVERALL SAFETY AND SECURITY PLAN.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ADDED MOST RECENTLY THAT I THINK IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT MOVING FORWARD IS ENSURING THAT A STAKEHOLDERS COMMITTEE OR A STAKEHOLDERS ROUNDTABLE IS BROUGHT TOGETHER EVERY QUARTER, AND THAT'S JUST NOT AN HISD PIECE.

WE BRING TOGETHER HISD PD, HPD PD, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, THE CONSTABLES DEPARTMENT, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, FIRE, POLICE DEPARTMENTS HAD PROBABLY FIVE OR SIX OTHER AGENCIES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS WELL, TO COME TOGETHER TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES, TO TALK ABOUT AFTER ACTIONS. I THINK THOSE ARE ALL A PART OF THE ONGOING PROCESS TO GET BETTER.

BECAUSE I'M BIG ON SECURITY.

BECAUSE I CAME FROM 911 EMERGENCY, I WORKED HAND IN HAND WITH HPD, FIRE AND AMBULANCE, YOU KNOW, SO I BELIEVE WE'RE BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL WITH OUR SECURITY, ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE NATION.

AND I KNOW THAT PEOPLE LOOK AT HISD TO BE THE LEADER SINCE WE'RE THE LARGEST IN THE STATE.

SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO ASSURE AND COMFORT THE PARENTS OF OUR 189,000 CHILDREN THAT THEY'RE SAFE WHEN THEY GO TO SCHOOL? I'VE SEEN THE PRESENTATION, BUT THERE'S SOMETHING I'M NOT GETTING THAT WE'RE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S COMPREHENSIVE.

OKAY. I THOUGHT THE PRESENTATION DID BREAK DOWN SOME OF THE CHANGES, SOME OF THE DATA THAT SPEAK TO ENSURING THAT WE HAVE THE SAFEST ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE.

THAT'S ONE OF OUR GOALS TO ENSURE THAT KIDS HAVE THE ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN IN THAT'S OPTIMAL, THEY HAVE TO FEEL, FEEL SAFE.

AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE TAKING SERIOUSLY.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE ADHERING TO IN TERMS OF THE EXPECTATIONS AND THE ENDURE CHECKS, ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT ARE COMING DOWN FROM TEA AND IN OTHER PARTNERS AS WELL.

SO WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO TO STAY ON TOP OF IT I MENTIONED IN MY QUESTIONING [TIMER] THAT I WANTED TO SEE THE CAFETERIA'S COVERED, TINTED.

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF SCHOOLS IN MY DISTRICT THAT HAVE OPEN WINDOWS AND OFFICES AND CAFETERIAS.

I DIDN'T HEAR YOU MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.

ARE YOU PLANNING ON ADDRESSING THAT AS WELL? LIKE THE SLIDE SAYS, THIS IS A LAYERED APPROACH TO SECURITY AND THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT, LAW FACILITIES AND OTHER RISK MANAGEMENT WORKING TO RESOLVE THOSE ISSUES AND IDENTIFY OUR BEST PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE NATION TO DETERMINE IF THOSE WINDOW COVERINGS.

THERE'S A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY OUT THERE.

THERE'S A LOT OF PRODUCTS OUT THERE THAT IMPROVE SCHOOL SAFETY.

BUT WE'VE GOT TO FIND THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND BEST WAY TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES.

AND CHIEF PAUL AND I AND RISK MANAGEMENT ARE WORKING AND TRYING TO IDENTIFY THOSE BEST PRACTICES AND ITEMS THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT HERE IN HISD, BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO DO THAT BECAUSE WE'RE BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL BECAUSE OF OBVIOUSLY THE BOND ISSUE.

THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS AND WE HAVE A COMMITTEE THAT IS CURRENTLY DISCUSSING THE BEST WAYS TO ACHIEVE THOSE THOSE RESULTS THAT YOU WANT.

AND TRUSTEE BAKER, I WOULD JUST ADD PROBABLY SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS AND THEN I THINK A LITTLE MORE DETAIL CAN BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION.

TRUSTEE ALLEN.

I JUST WANTED TO RESPOND TO TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ' QUESTION.

AND I'M GOING TO MAKE SURE TO REMIND HER THAT THERE'S A NEW LEGISLATIVE LAW THAT WAS PASSED WHERE COUNSELORS MUST DO 80% OF COUNSELING WITH SEL AND 20% OF OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.

SO THERE WILL BE A CHANGE IN THE REQUEST THAT YOU ASKED FOR.

YOU ASKED TO SEE WHAT THE COUNSELORS WERE DOING.

BUT THIS IS NEW THIS YEAR.

THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE 80% OF THEIR TIME ON COUNSELING AND ONLY 20% ON OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED AS STAFFING.

THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU TRUSTEE ALLEN BECAUSE I ACTUALLY WANTED TO PIGGYBACK ON THE QUESTION BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT WAS.

I KNOW SOME OF IT NEEDS TO COME BACK TO BE ANSWERED, BUT.

SO QUESTION ON WHAT YOU BROUGHT UP IS, IS THAT A MINIMUM OR IS THAT WHAT'S REQUIRED? LIKE IF YOU'RE SAYING A MINIMUM, 80%? SO MAYBE THE ADMINISTRATION CAN FOLLOW UP AT LEAST. YES, BECAUSE I THINK.

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YES.

SO IF IT'S A MINIMUM, ARE WE EVEN AT THAT MINIMUM? I MEAN, MY HOPE WOULD BE THAT WE'RE WELL ABOVE THAT.

SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE, LIKE WE'RE TALKING, I THINK THE WORD ACADEMIC SUPPORTS, YOU KNOW, LIKE, I KNOW THAT THERE'S COUNSELORS AND OTHERS THAT ARE LIKE THE TITLE I COORDINATOR AND THE BENEFITS COORDINATOR AND ALL THESE OTHER HATS THAT DON'T REALLY NECESSARILY GO DIRECTLY TO ACADEMIC SUPPORT.

SO I'M JUST, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I THINK WHAT I'M HEARING TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ SAY IS LIKE THEY ARE FULLY ON, YOU KNOW, EVEN ACADEMIC SUPPORT COULD BE IN PART OF THAT MENTAL HEALTH, BUT THAT THERE'S NOT, YOU'RE NOT WEARING 20 MILLION HATS.

SO I KNOW THAT'S VERY EASILY DONE IN SCHOOLS WHEN THERE'S A LOT OF NEED.

SO KIND OF AN OVERARCHING QUESTION I HAVE IS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S LOTS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT DON'T HAVE AN INTERNAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND I KNOW THIS IS A MUCH BIGGER CONVERSATION QUESTION, BUT THIS IS WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, IS WHY DO YOU FEEL THAT WE NEED AN INTERNAL POLICE DEPARTMENT AS OPPOSED TO RELYING ON THE POLICE SERVICES THAT WE HAVE IN OUR CITY.

WE HAVE COUNTY. WE HAVE CITY.

HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY YOU THINK IT'S IMPORTANT.

GREAT QUESTION. AND I HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THAT AREA.

OF COURSE, AS A PREVIOUS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER THAT SUPERVISED A POLICE DEPARTMENT IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, 130,000 KIDS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID IS THAT WE HAD A PORTION OF OUR POLICE FORCE THAT WAS INTERNAL, SIMILAR TO HISD AND THEN A PORTION OF OUR POLICE FORCE THAT WAS EXTERNAL.

WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT THE EXTERNAL POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS MORE EXPENSIVE TO TO RUN IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA. WE HAD A MIX OF THE TWO AS WELL.

AND THE EXTERNAL CONTRACTING OUT WAS A MORE EXPENSIVE OPTION AS WELL.

SO YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT IN THAT SOME HAVE COMPLETELY EXTERNAL, SOME HAVE COMPLETELY INTERNAL, SOME HAVE A MIX OF THE TWO.

BUT THE COMMON THEME THAT I'VE SEEN IN MANY OF THE INSTANCES IS THAT IT'S A MORE EXPENSIVE FUNCTION WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE TO GET THE SERVICE. AND THEN AS A FOLLOW UP TO THAT, IN TERMS OF STUDENT LIKE NUMBER OF LIKE DO WE HAVE ANY DATA THAT THAT SHOWS.

I MEAN, I THINK, JUST HEARING SOME OF THE COMMENTS TODAY FROM THE PUBLIC, IS THAT CONCERN, RIGHT, THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE OVER DISCIPLINING STUDENTS.

DO WE HAVE ANY DATA THAT SUPPORTS YOU KNOW [TIMER].

DO LIKE AN INTERNAL POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ACTUALLY MORE EFFECTIVE AT MITIGATING AND NOT OVER ARRESTING STUDENTS AS OPPOSED TO EXTERNAL.

SO ESSENTIALLY A KIND OF A DATA ANALYSIS THAT COMPARES LIKE AN EXTERNAL AGENCY LIKE HPD, CONSTABLE AND THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS OR WHATEVER OTHER DATA POINTS THAT WE WANT TO SEE TO OUR INTERNAL DATA.

IF WE DON'T HAVE IT, I'M SURE THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN WE CAN PUT TOGETHER AND PROVIDE.

YEAH, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL. THANK YOU.

DID I GET EVERYBODY FOR ROUND ONE? NO. TRUSTEE DEIGAARD.

SO FOLLOW UP TO THAT.

WHAT I, I'M NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN A HYPERBOLIC CONVERSATION ABOUT WHY I'D LIKE TO KNOW LIKE, SO I'M NOT CHALLENGING US HAVING ONE OR NOT.

BUT I DIDN'T HEAR AN ANSWER TO TRUSTEE CRUZ'S QUESTION.

I HEARD IN ANOTHER DISTRICT, THERE WAS COST SAVINGS.

WHAT IS THE REASON FOR OUR DISTRICT THAT YOU BELIEVE WE WOULD? I WOULD EXPECT THAT IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT I'VE SEEN IN THE PAST, THAT IT WOULD BE AN EXPENSE THAT IS MORE THAN WHAT WE WOULD PAY INSIDE.

YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED INTO IT? I HAVEN'T LOOKED INTO IT, BUT JUST EXPERIENCED IT IN OTHER PLACES.

I ALSO FEEL THAT WE CAN DO THE JOB TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING, THE DEVELOPMENT, THE NECESSARY SAFETY FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF IS IN A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE FEELS THE KIND OF SAFETY THAT THEY DESERVE.

SO WHAT I THINK EVERYBODY SHARES HERE IS WANTING BEST PRACTICE FOR OUR STUDENTS.

SO I'M, I GUESS I'M STILL STRUGGLING WITH THIS ISN'T A DECISION THAT HAS BEEN MADE BASED ON AN EVALUATIVE BEST PRACTICE OR COST SAVINGS.

IT'S JUST WHAT WE DO.

FOR ME.

SO I THINK IT GOES BACK PRIOR TO ME IN THE SUPERINTENDENCY.

IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE DONE FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

BUT I BELIEVE EVEN THOUGH WE'VE DONE IT FOR QUITE SOME TIME, I BELIEVE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

AND IF WE IF WE NEED TO GO DEEPER INTO WHATEVER RESEARCH THAT IT IS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE, WE CAN DO THAT AS WELL.

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BUT I THINK THE TRAINING, THE DEVELOPMENT, THE TRACK RECORD OF SAFETY AS WELL SHOULD BE IN CONSIDERATION IN TERMS OF THE WHY. YEAH, I ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW WHY.

SO PAGE, ON ARRESTS, PAGE 18, IS THAT ALL STUDENTS OR IS THAT ONLY STUDENTS UNDER A CERTAIN AGE? ALL STUDENTS.

ALL STUDENTS, EXCUSE ME.

AND THOSE ARE JUST ARRESTS BY HISD POLICE OR ANY POLICE? HISD POLICE. SO HOW MANY ARRESTS ARE MADE BY NON HISD POLICE? I DON'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION.

I HAVE TO GET THAT. I HAVE TO GET THAT FROM OTHER AGENCIES AROUND.

SO HPD DOES DO ARRESTS ON OUR CAMPUSES OF STUDENTS? THEY COULD COME TO OUR CAMPUSES AND ARREST THE STUDENT FOR INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED OFF CAMPUS.

I'D LIKE THAT DATA PLEASE.

AND OF THE NON ARRESTS, WHAT PERCENT? WELL, OR REALLY ANY OF OUR KIDS THAT WIND UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM BECAUSE FROM OUR CAMPUSES WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THEM ARE READING BELOW GRADE LEVEL ? I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT DATA IS AS OF CURRENT.

BUT WE CAN, WE CAN DO OUR BEST TO UPDATE WITH DR.

MATNEY. GREAT. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THEM ARE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES? WE WILL LIST THAT DOWN.

AND WHAT ARE WE DOING TO ENSURE THAT THESE CHILDREN HAVE THEIR NEEDS MET? BECAUSE CLEARLY IT'S A SPECIAL SITUATION IF THEY'RE WINDING UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

AND THAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX.

MY NEXT QUESTION IS OVER TIME IN THE LBB REPORT.

HOW ARE YOU MONITORING OVER TIME? HAVE YOU DONE ANY CORRECTIVE ACTION ON AUTHORIZATION BASED ON THE FOUNDING FINDINGS OF THE LBB REPORT? SO WHAT I CAN SAY AND CHIEF, YOU MAY WANT TO JUMP IN HERE.

I THINK IT WAS TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ THAT TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT AXIOM AND WHAT THE ABILITY THAT WE WILL HAVE TO DO IN TERMS OF MONITORING.

IT'LL BE A MUCH EASIER PROCESS MONITORING RIGHT NOW, MONITORING AND PULLING OUT SPECIFIC DATA POINTS.

IT REALLY HAS TO BE DONE BY HAND.

SO IT'LL BE A MUCH EASIER PROCESS.

CHIEF, ANY OTHER INSIGHT HERE? I THINK IN 2019, 2018, THAT WAS AN ISSUE WITH SOME OVERTIME BEFORE I GOT HERE AND WE IMPLEMENTED SOME CONTROL PROCEDURES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T EXCEED OUR ANNUAL OVERTIME BUDGET.

AND SO I IMPLEMENTED IT.

I CHANGED THE POLICY AND IT REQUIRES A SUPERVISOR TO APPROVE THE OVERTIME BEFORE IT'S IMPLEMENTED.

BUT YOU GOT TO REMEMBER A LOT OF THE REQUESTS THEY RECEIVE ARE LAST MINUTE REQUESTS FOR SUPPORT AT CAMPUSES, LAST MINUTE, YOU KNOW, OVERTIME REQUESTS TO PATROL OR CONTROL TRAFFIC DURING ARRIVAL, DISMISSALS.

SO THOSE REQUESTS ARE DONE THROUGH EMAIL AND WE SEND IT OUT DEPARTMENT WIDE.

AND SO YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE REQUESTS AND THE APPROVALS GOING TO BE DONE THROUGH THE EMAIL PROCESS, THEN THE PAPERWORK IS GOING TO BE SIGNED.

SO ADDITIONALLY, I ALSO IMPLEMENTED A, EVERY TWO WEEKS TO LOOK AT THE OVERTIME EXPENDITURES TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE IN THAT 3 TO 4000 RANGE. ANYTHING THAT EXCEEDS THAT I'LL SIT DOWN WITH WITH THE COMMANDERS AND MY COMMAND STAFF AND THE SUPERVISORS TO HAVE THEM EXPLAIN TO ME, YOU KNOW, WHY ARE WE INCURRING THESE OVERTIME COSTS? SO THOSE ARE THE MEASURES THAT WE'VE TAKEN IN PLACE CURRENTLY SINCE I'VE BEEN THERE SINCE 2021, ACTUALLY, BECAUSE IT TOOK ME A LITTLE WHILE TO TO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM OF HOW THE OVERTIME WORKS. AND THEN I IMPLEMENTED SOME CONTROL PROCEDURES TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR OVERTIME STAYS BELOW OUR THRESHOLD.

OKAY. AND THEN WHAT PERCENTAGE OF INTERVIEWED STUDENTS SPEAK [TIMER] NEITHER ENGLISH NOR SPANISH? SAY THAT LAST QUESTION AGAIN.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF INTERVIEWED STUDENTS SPEAK NEITHER ENGLISH NOR SPANISH? I DON'T HAVE THAT DATA AVAILABLE.

I WILL TRY TO GET IT. FOR THE RECORD, I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED THAT NONE OF THAT KIND OF DATA IS EVALUATED IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE GUIDRY.

TRUSTEE. BLUEFORD-DANIELS.

THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I'M GOING TO HAVE QUITE A FEW SORT OF SUBTLE RAPID QUESTIONS SO I WON'T RUN OUT OF TIME.

I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE TEACHERS AND STAFF AND PRINCIPALS AT HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL.

WHEN WE HAD THE INCIDENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

MOST OF US SIT ON THE EDGE OF OUR SEATS TRYING TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING, AND THEY FOLLOWED THE PROTOCOL THAT WE'VE ESTABLISHED IN COVERING THE WINDOWS AND PUTTING A DESK UP AND OF COURSE, FINDING SOME RELIEF THAT HISD POLICE, HPD AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WAS THERE TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND I SAY ALL THE TIME, SOMEONE MENTIONED ABOUT DARE.

DARE CAME BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS IN THE NORTHWEST AREA BECAUSE STATE REP.

JOHNSON CANVASED THE PEOPLE WHO OUT OF LOS ANGELES, DAVID GATES FOR MONEY DONATIONS TO THOSE CAMPUSES FOR DARE.

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SO THAT WAS A DONATION SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY STATE REP.

JOHNSON.

TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE.

I'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THAT OF COURSE, IN AREA.

WELL, LET ME ASK THESE QUESTIONS.

I HAVE TO COME BACK PROBABLY FOR ROUND TWO TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOU.

I SEE MOMS DEMAND HERE.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

AND SINCE WE'RE BRINGING PEOPLE IN TO TALK ABOUT INSTANCES, IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR ME TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT MY INSTANCE WITH BURYING A CHILD.

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THERE WAS MENTION ABOUT MONEY BEING SPENT AND NOT BEING SATISFIED WITH CERTAIN INSTANCES, OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO.

HOW MANY CHILDREN DO WE HAVE IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL? AND YOU MAY NOT EVEN HAVE THIS NUMBER.

HOW MANY CHILDREN IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL VERSUS HIGH SCHOOL HAVE ANKLE MONITORS? I DON'T HAVE THAT NUMBER.

BUT WE DO HAVE THOSE KIDS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH ANKLE MONITORS, CORRECT? THERE ARE SOME KIDS IN THE DISTRICT.

OF COURSE WE DON'T EXECUTE THE IDEA OF GIVING CHILDREN THOSE MONITORS.

BUT THERE ARE STUDENTS THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH THE SYSTEM, THAT HAVE MONITORS THAT WE FEEL IT'S NECESSARY TO EDUCATE THEM.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE.

THAT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

NOT FOR WHAT ACTIONS THAT CAUSED THEM TO HAVE THE MONITORS, BUT TO TRY AND HELP CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION SO THAT IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

I WAS LOOKING AT A CHART HERE THAT I'LL COME BACK AND PROBABLY TALK ABOUT.

CAN YOU TELL US, PLEASE, WHAT KIND OF DE-ESCALATION TRAINING HAVE YOU ALL HAD? WE HAVE THAT ANNUALLY AND WE DO IT INTERNALLY WITH OURSELVES.

AND THEN WE ALSO DO IT WITH SEL ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

IS THAT BY ALL OFFICERS? ALL OFFICERS [TIMER]. AND I HEARD MENTIONED ABOUT A 2017 REPORT, SO I'LL COME BACK TO THAT AGAIN LATER ON.

TRUSTEE GUIDRY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. SO YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT THERE IS AN OVERTIME BUDGET.

WHAT IS THAT AMOUNT? WELL, WE KEEP IT AT $500,000.

I'M SORRY. $500,000.

AND. BUT WHERE IT HAS SCHOOLS DESIGNATED, IS THAT.

SO THAT'S NOT THE OFFICERS DURING THE DAY OF THE SCHOOL.

THIS IS ABOVE AND BEYOND.

CORRECT? WHEN THEY HAVE, THEY USE OFFICERS FOR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES AND THEN AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS THAT THEY HAVE THAT THE CAMPUSES PAY OUT OF THEIR BUDGET, SCHOOLS PAY OUT OF THEIR BUDGET. AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS, NOT INCLUDING ATHLETICS, BECAUSE ATHLETICS HAVE THEIR OWN OK. HAVE WE, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I ATTENDED A CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COURSE AND THEY MENTIONED THAT GALENA PARK AND MONTGOMERY ISD HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED HANDLE WITH CARE FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH. IT WAS A MENTAL HEALTH CLE.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THAT PROGRAM? YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH GALENA PARK? CHIEF MAY BE. MAY I ANSWER THAT? YES, MA'AM. WE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A MOU IN PLACE WITH HANDLE WITH CARE.

IT'S AN E CONTRACT.

IT'S GOING TO BE INITIATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN.

SO THAT PROCESS IS IN PLACE AND WE'RE WORKING WITH LEGAL TO APPROVE THAT MOU AND GET THAT PROGRAM STARTED.

IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM GREAT PROGRAM. SO WHEN DO YOU EXPECT THAT IT WOULD COME INTO PLAY? ONCE LEGAL APPROVES IT AND THEN THE BOARD APPROVES IT.

WE COULD PUT THAT IN PLAY IMMEDIATELY.

I ALREADY HAVE, I MET WITH THE HANDLE WITH CARE REPRESENTATIVES.

WE TALKED TO THE SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WE'RE WORKING WITH HPD.

AND AS SOON AS THEY GIVE US THE OKAY, WE'RE READY TO FLIP THE SWITCH AND START IT OFF.

WE'RE GOING TO START OFF ON A TRIAL PERIOD ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN AND THEN HPD IS GOING TO EXPAND IT TO THE CITY BECAUSE IT'S MOSTLY A HPD INITIATIVE, BUT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HISD PD. AND I HAVE THE FLOWCHART.

DO YOU ALL HAVE THE FLOWCHART? HAVE YOU RECEIVED IT FROM HPD? YES, MA'AM. WE'VE BEEN TALKING WITH HPD SINCE, LIKE, MARCH TO GET THIS PROGRAM GOING.

DO YOU MIND SHARING IT WITH THE BOARD WHEN YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY SO THEY CAN SEE THAT FLOW CHART AND HOW IT WORKS? YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

TRUSTEE BLUEFORD-DANIELS.

OR THAT WAS FROM BEFORE.

SORRY. YEAH.

TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ.

THANK YOU. I DO WANT TO MENTION, SUPERINTENDENT, THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION ALWAYS SENT US THE REPORTS THREE DAYS BEFOREHAND.

I THINK THAT'S A BEST PRACTICE, JUST SO THAT BOARD MEMBERS UNDERSTAND AND ARE ABLE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION BEFOREHAND.

FOR CHIEF, SO WHAT DOES RED DOT A STUDENT MEAN, TO RED DOT A STUDENT? A RED DOT. THE TERM RED DOT IS USUALLY USED WHEN, IN TWO WAYS.

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WHEN OFFICERS HAVE A TASER AND THEY USE THE RED DOT TO POINT OUT AT A PERSON TO GET UP TO COMPLY.

AND MOST OF THE TIME THAT, SHOWING, DISPLAYING THE RED DOT ON THE PERSON WILL FORCE THAT PERSON TO COMPLY.

BUT WE DON'T HAVE TASERS IN OUR CAMPUSES.

LET ME MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR.

THAT'S THE ONLY TIME THE RED DOT IS USED.

IF I'M THINKING ABOUT THE SAME TERM THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DESCRIBE.

AND THEN ALSO I SENT IN A QUESTION ABOUT HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST TO HAVE A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COORDINATOR.

NOT SURE IF THAT WOULD GO IN TERMS OF IN A POLICE SETTING OR IF THAT WOULD GO IN THE ADMINISTRATION, BUT HOW MUCH THAT WOULD COST THE DISTRICT AND HOW, WHAT RESEARCH HAS BEEN DONE ON IF THAT WOULD BE EFFECTIVE FOR THE DISTRICT.

CHIEF. WELL, I THINK.

I DON'T THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN JUST BEEN STUDIED.

OF COURSE, OUR TALENT DEPARTMENT WOULD STUDY SOMETHING LIKE THAT IF WE FELT THAT THE NEED WAS THERE TO TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, I GUESS ADMINISTRATOR OR TRAINER OR WHATEVER WE DECIDED TO DO.

BUT IT WOULD HAVE TO BE STUDIED AND SEE WHAT LEVEL THE POSITION WOULD BE AND HOW IT WOULD CONNECT TO THE SCHOOLS AND WHO THEY WOULD TRAIN.

SO THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE SOME SOME EXTENSIVE WORK TO DETERMINE A JOB DESCRIPTION, FIRST OF ALL, AND DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF THAT JOB DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS WELL.

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME OF THAT RESEARCH BECAUSE SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD LAST MONTH, WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A BIG ISSUE IN HISD AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN.

IN TERMS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE HISD, THERE ARE SOME DISTRICTS IN THE HOUSTON AREA THAT DON'T OPERATE WITH A POLICE FORCE BUT HAVE A SECURITY GUARD INSTEAD.

HAS THAT BEEN LOOKED INTO? WE ACTUALLY DO HAVE SOME AND CHIEF CAN SHARE SOME INFORMATION.

WE DO UTILIZE NON DEPUTIZED INDIVIDUALS, SECURITY GUARDS IN SOME OF OUR BUILDINGS AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING CHIEF. WE HAVE WE HAVE 21 SECURITY GUARDS AND THEY'RE MOSTLY DEPLOYED AT HATTIE MAE WHITE, MOTOR POOLS AND OTHER AREAS AND [INAUDIBLE] SERVICES.

BUT SPECIFICALLY WE HAVE TWO SECURITY GUARDS ASSIGNED TO OUR DAEP SECONDARY, THE AP CAMPUSES, AND THEY PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO THE CAMPUS AND THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO THAT CAMPUS.

DOES DAEP ALSO HAVE A POLICE OFFICER? YES. I THINK YOU STATED THAT 96% OF THE ARRESTS THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN BECAUSE OF ASSAULTS. THAT'S FROM MY MEMORY.

IS THERE SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY BEING DONE THIS SCHOOL YEAR TO MITIGATE THAT? WELL, AS WE'RE WORKING WITH, ONCE WE IDENTIFY A STUDENT WHO MAY HAVE AN ISSUE AND WE GET THAT IDENTIFIED, WE WORK WITH THE CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS AND THE THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS. AGAIN, IT ALL DEPENDS IF WE SEE THE BEHAVIOR BEFORE IT HAPPENS.

SO WE IDENTIFY THAT BEHAVIOR.

WE REFER THAT STUDENT TO THE PROPER RESOURCES, TO THE CAMPUS COUNSELOR, PRINCIPAL, WHOEVER'S AT THAT SCHOOL, AND WE WORK TOGETHER WITH THAT CAMPUS TO INTERVENE BEFORE IT BECOMES A CRIMINAL ISSUE.

I GUESS THAT'S A QUESTION MORE DIRECTED TO A SUPERINTENDENT.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THE, AT THE ADMINISTRATION LEVEL IS BEING DONE TO MITIGATE THE THE ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS? I THINK IT'S A CONTINUATION OF LOOKING AT THE DATA CAMPUS BY CAMPUS TO DETERMINE WHERE THE HOTSPOTS ARE, WHERE THE ISSUES ARE, TO ENSURE THAT WE EITHER PUT MORE SUPPORT.

AND THAT'S A PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH SOME OF OUR WRAPAROUND SUPPORTS.

AGAIN, THE WRAPAROUND SPECIALISTS ARE NOT JUST INDIVIDUALS THAT FOCUS IN ONE PARTICULAR AREA, BUT IF WE SEE THAT THERE IS A SUPPORT FOR A FAMILY OR A STUDENT, THAT MIGHT BE FOCUSED AROUND HAVING SUPPORTS WHERE A CHILD DOESN'T GET TO THAT PLACE, WHERE THEY MAY BECOME VOLATILE, THAT WE TRY TO PROVIDE THOSE SUPPORTS AHEAD OF TIME.

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A NUMBER OF THE WRAPAROUND SPECIALISTS OUT THERE TO HOPEFULLY MITIGATE SOME OF THOSE DIFFERENT ISSUES THAT THAT COULD LEAD TO BIGGER PROBLEMS. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE DISTRICT LOOKING FOR HOTSPOTS OR LOOKING AT HOTSPOTS BECAUSE WRAPAROUND IS AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL.

SO IS THERE ANYONE LOOKING AT ALL 280 CAMPUSES SAYING, HEY, THERE'S A HOTSPOT HERE [TIMER], THIS MEANS MORE SUPPORT? I THINK NOT ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT ALSO OUR SCHOOLS OFFICE DOES PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO ANY OF THE ISSUES THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED AS HOTSPOTS OR TRENDS THAT ARE OUT THERE.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WADE.

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YES, I WANT TO SPEAK TO SUPERINTENDENT HOUSE.

AND A COMMENT THAT WAS MADE BY TRUSTEE DEIGAARD ON POLICE FORCE.

I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT HAVING OUR OWN FORCE, WE'RE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE TRAINING OFFICERS ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS OF SPECIFIC GROUPS.

ONE THING THAT'S NICE ABOUT HAVING THEM ALL ON THE SAME PAGE AND NOT INTRODUCING, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT STAFF THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME PROTOCOLS AND THE SAME FOCUS OF INTERACTION ON CHILDREN.

SO I DO SUPPORT HAVING A STAFF THAT IS COMPLETELY TRAINED ON CHILDREN, ON DE-ESCALATION. AND ON ALL OF ALL THOSE FORMS OF MORE RESTORATIVE TYPE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OFFICERS.

AND WHAT I WOULD SAY IN RESPONSE TO THAT.

I AGREE. I THINK THE IDEA OF HAVING THAT CONNECTION TO KIDS IS IMPORTANT.

AND THAT FAMILIARITY WITH WITH INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE ON CAMPUSES VERSUS INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE COMING TO CAMPUSES, IS IMPORTANT.

I THINK ALL AGENCIES ARE STAFFED.

SO RESPONSE TIMES WOULD LIKELY INCREASE IF WE DID CHANGE THE METHODOLOGY IN TERMS OF HOW WE OPERATE IT. I THINK HISD PD KNOWS BEST HOW TO RESPOND TO SITUATIONS INVOLVING STUDENTS SPECIFICALLY.

WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THAT, AND I THINK THAT IS A MAJOR DIFFERENCE.

YOU ALSO MENTIONED, AND I THINK TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ MENTIONED RESTORATIVE PRACTICES, AND WHILE WE DON'T HAVE A RESTORATIVE PRACTICE ADMINISTRATOR IN THE DISTRICT, WE DO HAVE SCHOOLS THAT UTILIZE A RESTORATIVE PRACTICE CURRICULUM SPECIFICALLY. NOT ALL.

BUT I THINK RIGHT NOW WE HAVE BETWEEN 70 AND 80 THAT ARE UTILIZING, I CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME.

IT MAY BE RETHINK AND? REVISION. REVISION? REVISION, THAT'S BEING UTILIZED ON SEVERAL CAMPUSES RIGHT NOW.

AND WE DEFINITELY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR IT FOR MORE SUPPORT.

AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION OR COMMENT, AND THIS IS SOMETHING I'M GOING TO BRING UP LATER AS WELL, BUT I NOTICED IN THE BUDGET IN 2020, 21-22, WE HAD SOCIAL WORK SERVICES BUDGET WAS 16.95%, AND WE UPPED IT TO 26.35% IN THIS FISCAL YEAR BUDGET.

SO, AND THAT'S FOR SOCIAL WORK SERVICES IN OUR.

I'M JUST SPEAKING TO OUR BUDGET.

SO THAT'S A HUGE INCREASE IN DOLLARS SPENT FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, SOCIAL WORK SERVICES.

SO I'M JUST MAKING THAT COMMENT TO THE TRUSTEES.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE DEIGAARD.

THANK YOU. AND JUST TO CLARIFY, I'M NOT DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD HAVE AN INTERNAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I SHARE SOME OF THESE OPINIONS, BUT ABSENT ANY DATA TO INFORM THAT IT ACTUALLY IS THE RIGHT THING, WE DON'T HAVE TWO LEGS TO STAND ON WHEN ANYBODY QUESTIONS IT.

SO FOLLOW-UP ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS I HAVE ON PAGE 22.

YOU HAVE THESE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS. SO HOW HAVE THESE PROGRAMS IMPACTED OUTCOMES ON STUDENTS? LIKE HOW MANY STUDENTS WERE IMPACTED AND HOW DID THINGS IMPROVE FOR THEM? WE'LL HAVE TO GET YOU THE DATA ON URBANSTEM AND ENRICHLY.

EXCUSE ME, URBANSTEM AND ENRICHLLY.

THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR, THIS IS THE FIRST SEMESTER WE STARTED THIS PROGRAM.

SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY DATA FOR THAT INFORMATION.

WITH DARE THIS IS OUR SECOND YEAR AND I WILL REACH OUT TO THE ADMINISTRATORS TO DETERMINE, YOU KNOW, WE CAN PULL THAT DATA BECAUSE PART OF THE AGREEMENT WITH THEM, THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE US SOME DATA TO SHOW IF IT'S EFFECTIVE OR NOT.

AND THIS IS YEAR TWO. SO THEY SHOULD HAVE SOME TYPE OF DATA THEN I'LL REQUEST THAT.

TAPS IS IN ITS THIRD YEAR.

AND I WOULD HAVE TO GET WITH DR.

PENN TO DETERMINE IF HE'S COMPLETED THAT EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAM.

AND THEN WHEN A PARENT, TEACHER, COMMUNITY MEMBER, WHOMEVER SEES YOU HAVE LIKE THE LAYERS OF, ONE OF YOUR SLIDES, I FORGET WHAT YOU CALL IT, THE DIFFERENT LAYERS, LIKE FENCING AND LOCKED DOORS AND ALL OF THAT.

SO. NOPE, IT'S LATER.

I'M SORRY, I FORGOT TO WRITE DOWN THE PAGE NUMBER.

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BUT IT INVOLVES THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE.

SO WHEN THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS BROKEN, WHETHER IT'S A BROKEN DOOR LOCK OR AN INTERCOM OR A HOLE IN THE FENCE OR SOMETHING, WHOEVER SEES IT, WHO ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO CONTACT? AND IN A LOT OF CASES, I'M HEARING THEY'RE CONTACTING THE PRINCIPAL ON THE CAMPUS, BUT THEN THE PRINCIPAL ON THE CAMPUS ENTERS TICKETS INTO GETTING THESE PROBLEMS RESOLVED AND IT'S A BLACK HOLE.

OR THEY'RE TOLD TO WAIT FOR A BOND.

SO WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT HOW TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE THINGS ARE ADDRESSED? SO WE DEFINITELY DO HAVE A HAVE A PROCESS.

I'LL HAVE OUR CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, WANDA PAUL, TO COME UP AND SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THE PROCESS LOOKS LIKE.

SO THE FIRST.

GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD.

THE FIRST INSTANCE IS WE PUT THAT WE EXPECT THE CAMPUS TO PUT IN A WORK ORDER.

NOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE WITH MY TEAM IS WE'VE PRIORITIZED THOSE WORK ORDERS.

PART OF THE CHALLENGE WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS JUST PARTS, ESPECIALLY ON DOOR SYSTEMS AND LOCKS.

BUT WE ARE, WE HAVE A LASER FOCUS ON THAT.

WE ARE COMMUNICATING WITH THE CAMPUSES.

WE'RE TRYING TO GET RID OF THIS BLACK HOLE, AS YOU SPOKE OF.

AND SO WE, I AM BRIEFED ON THAT LITERALLY EVERY WEEK.

AND THEN WE HAVE SOME DATA THAT WE COULD PROVIDE IN TERMS OF THE WORK ORDERS THAT WE'VE CLOSED THAT DEAL WITH SECURITY.

IF THE BOARD WOULD LIKE THAT.

ABSOLUTELY. LET'S PROVIDE IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ANSWER.

AND REMIND ME AGAIN, IS IT DR.

DR. PAUL, RIGHT? CHIEF PAUL.

YEAH, YEAH.

I ALWAYS WANT TO GET IT RIGHT.

CHIEF PAUL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT IS A VERY REASSURING ANSWER AND I APPRECIATE THE THOUGHT THAT YOU'VE PUT INTO THIS PROCESS AND IT'S REASSURING TO HEAR THAT [TIMER] YOU'RE WORKING TOWARDS A SOLUTION. AND IT'S A COMBINATION OF WORKING WITH THE CAMPUS PRINCIPALS THAT HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC IN COMMUNICATING.

SO I WILL SHOUT OUT TO THEM.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE BAKER.

YES. PAGE 17.

MINUS METAL DETECTORS HOW ARE WE PREVENTING GUNS FROM ARRIVING ON CAMPUS? HOW ELSE ARE WE PREVENTING? MINUS METAL DETECTORS, HOW ARE WE PREVENTING GUNS COMING ON CAMPUS.

AGAIN, THAT INFORMATION, WE WORK ON PREVENTION.

SO WE HAVE TO EDUCATE OUR CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS AND EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN ORDER TO PREVENT.

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, IF THEY HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT A GUN POSSIBLY ON CAMPUS, TO REPORT IT.

AND THAT'S OUR MAIN SOURCE OF INFORMATION.

WE DON'T HAVE METAL DETECTORS AT OUR BIG CAMPUS, ONLY TWO CAMPUSES.

SO WE RELY ON THE COMMUNITY AND OUR STUDENTS TO REPORT THOSE INCIDENTS TO US.

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE, THE ANONYMOUS REPORTING SYSTEMS. WE HAVE SEVERAL MECHANISMS IN PLACE THAT THEY CAN REPORT THREATS TO THE CAMPUSES.

THEY CAN DO IT ANONYMOUSLY, IN PERSON OR JUST CALL SOMEBODY.

SO THAT'S HOW WE HANDLE THOSE THREATS AT THE CAMPUSES THROUGH EDUCATION AND PREVENTION.

DO WE HAVE NUMBERS ON DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL AND OTHER CONTRABAND THAT'S BEING FOUND ON CAMPUSES? I'LL GET YOU THOSE NUMBERS.

WE HAVEN'T HAD AN ISSUE WITH FENTANYL YET.

WE DO HAVE NARCAN JUST IN CASE WE DO COME ACROSS THE CASE OF FENTANYL.

WE ISSUE THAT TO ALL HISD POLICE OFFICERS LAST MONTH.

SO WE HAVE THAT TOOL TO ASSIST US.

BUT AS OF THIS YEAR SO FAR WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY FENTANYL CASES IN HISD.

WE HAVE THE ROUTINE MARIJUANA POSSESSION CASES, PILL CASES, STUFF LIKE THAT.

BUT NO FENTANYL, THANK GOD.

THANK GOODNESS. DO WE HAVE A NUMBER OF GUNS THAT ARE FOUND ON CAMPUSES? CORRECT. WE HAD A FEW THIS YEAR. YES, SIR.

AND FINALLY, SLIDE 12.

SLIDE 12 TALKS ABOUT YOU'VE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL 8 HOURS OF ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING SINCE UVALDE.

WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING PROACTIVELY? ACTIVE SHOOTER PREPAREDNESS, THIS IS BASICALLY JUST TRAIN AND TRAINING AND TRAINING IN CASE OF INCIDENT.

SO WE HAVE TO PROACTIVELY KEEP PROVIDING THAT TRAINING ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

CURRENTLY WE'RE GOING THROUGH BREACHING TRAINING.

ABOUT 60 OFFICERS HAVE RECEIVED THAT TRAINING.

ONCE WE GET THE OTHER EQUIPMENT, LIKE THE ENTRY TOOLS, WE SHOULD GET THAT TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH AND MAYBE DECEMBER WE CAN START INITIATING THAT TRAINING.

SO FOR THIS YEAR, OFFICERS ARE GOING TO GO RECEIVE MAYBE ABOUT 24 HOURS OF ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING BECAUSE WE HAVE TO TRAIN ON EACH TOOL SPECIFICALLY, THE SHIELDS AND THE BREACHING TOOLS AND PLUS THE REGULAR ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING.

PLUS WE ADD IN EIGHT ADDITIONAL HOURS OF OF SCENARIO BASED TRAINING WITH OUR COMPUTER SIMULATION SYSTEMS. OKAY. THANK YOU, CHIEF. AND WE PLAN TO, I PLAN TO CONTINUE THAT TRAINING EVERY YEAR AS A REFRESHER TRAINING ON ACTIVE SHOOTER PREPAREDNESS.

IT'S A CONSTANT MACHINE THAT YOU HAVE TO KEEP TRAINING AND TRAINING AND TRAINING.

AND THIS IS NOT JUST A ONE TRAIN AND THEN YOU'RE DONE.

YOU HAVE TO DO IT CONSTANTLY.

THANKS, CHIEF. YES, SIR.

[01:45:03]

TRUSTEE BLUEFORD-DANIELS.

THANK YOU, CHIEF. I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO THE PARTICULARS, BUT AS I LISTEN TO WHAT'S BEEN DISCUSSED AND WE TALK ABOUT WE'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATING CHILDREN.

AND SO WHEN I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, THAT'S ON HISD'S WEBSITE, TOO, BY THE WAY.

AND IF YOU ASK FOR DROPOUT RATES, THAT IN ITSELF IS A BIG PICTURE AND SHOULD BE CONCERNING TO PEOPLE.

AND LET ME TELL YOU WHY.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE DROPOUT RATES, YOU'VE GOT ENGLISH LEARNER CHILDREN.

THIS IS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 9 TO 11.

IT'S ON HISD'S WEBSITE TOO, LET ME REPEAT THAT.

NINE THROUGH 12 THAT ARE DROPPING OUT AT 23.5% RATES, DROPOUT, ENGLISH LEARNERS.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, 17% ARE DROPPING OUT.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS, 12.5, ET..

HISPANIC STUDENTS, 12.7.

IT'S ALL BROKEN DOWN.

LET ME SAY WHY THAT'S CONCERNING TO ME.

BECAUSE WHEN I LOOKED AT THIS DATA AND I LOOKED AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, WE HAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT ARE DROPPING OUT.

AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT EDUCATING KIDS, THEN THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD CONCERN OURSELVES WITH, IN MY OPINION, IS WHY ARE THEY DROPPING OUT? AND IF THEY'RE DROPPING OUT, WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE FUELING THE PIPELINE TO PRISON, AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, PARTICULARLY IN SOME OF THE AREAS OF WHERE I LIVE. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I WANT TO ASK TOO, OF ALL, EVERYBODY THAT'S LISTENING.

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE.

I'D LIKE TO SEE ACTUALLY SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SENDING LETTERS.

HOW MANY ARE SENDING LETTERS TO THE LEGISLATORS AND LAWMAKERS DEMANDING GUN LEGISLATION? THAT'S AN IMPORTANT FACTOR.

AS PEOPLE ARE LINING UP HERE TALKING ABOUT VARIOUS THINGS.

AND I GUESS WE COULD, AS MOM DEMANDS, WE COULD GET PEOPLE IN HERE TO LIGHT UP AND SAY THE INSTANCES THAT WE'VE HAD, WE'VE SEEN CHILDREN, BODIES MUTILATED AND THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY.

I CAN'T. I'M REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THERE'S NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT ANYBODY COULD GIVE ME FOR [TIMER] TO REPLACE MY CHILDREN OR MY GRANDCHILDREN.

SO TO HAVE THEM PROTECTED BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY IS PARAMOUNT.

AND I BELIEVE IN CONTROLLING THE ENVIRONMENT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.

BUT I ALSO BELIEVE LET MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN GO AND GO TO SCHOOL AND COME HOME SAFELY.

THANK YOU. I HAVE A COUPLE OF FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS.

I'M REALLY ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THE FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR OFFICERS.

THAT'S CRITICAL. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

WHAT I'M CURIOUS ABOUT, BECAUSE IT WAS BROUGHT UP COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS AND WE HAVE SO MANY DEPARTMENTS IN EACH HISD.

SO MY QUESTION IS, ARE THEY WORKING TOGETHER OR IS THERE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS? BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE IS SOME WITH SEL.

AND THEN TO THAT, HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS WORKING ON THE BEHALF OF STUDENTS OR HOW WILL YOU MEASURE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ALL OF THIS COLLABORATION FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS? YEAH. SO TO ANSWER THE FIRST QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO THE DIFFERENT FACETS OF SUPPORTS WORKING TOGETHER, OF COURSE A LOT OF THIS MERGES AT THE SITE LEVEL.

OF COURSE, WITH WITH OUR ADMINISTRATORS, OUR WRAPAROUND SPECIALISTS.

SO YES, THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER AT THE SITE LEVEL.

THERE'S ALSO COMMUNICATION AND CONSISTENT FOCUS WITH THE TWO DEPARTMENTS IN FRONT OF YOU AS WELL.

CANDICE CASTILLO HERE AND AND CHIEF ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION.

DR. CASTILLO ACTUALLY COMES TO BRIEF THE EXECUTIVE STAFF AND CABINET AS WELL.

THE SECOND PORTION OF YOUR QUESTION WAS? HOW WILL YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, ALL THIS COLLABORATION AND THE, AROUND THE MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS.

HOW DO YOU HOW WILL YOU KNOW IT'S WORKING? AND IS THERE A WAY TO MEASURE THE EFFECT I THINK IT GOES BACK TO WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER AND THE SCHOOLS OFFICE RECOGNIZING WHETHER THERE ARE HOTSPOTS, WHETHER THERE ARE CONSISTENT ISSUES OR CONSISTENT CALLS OR MAJOR BLOW UPS WITH STUDENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH SITUATIONS OR STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.

I THINK THOSE ARE CLEAR SIGNALS, WHETHER WE'RE GETTING BETTER OR WHETHER THERE IS ROOM FOR MAJOR, MAJOR DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH.

SO THAT'S ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK, IS JUST LOOKING IN THE FACE OF OUR SCHOOLS AND WHAT THAT DATA IS TELLING US.

OKAY. THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND THEN THE QUESTION ABOUT THE NUMBER OF COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS WAS BROUGHT UP AND THE NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS.

AND, YOU KNOW, IN THIS ANALYSIS, THAT HOPEFULLY WILL BE SHARED WITH TRUSTEES.

[01:50:02]

I'M CURIOUS, LIKE WHAT THE THE RESEARCH SHOWS IN TERMS OF RATIO OF COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS TO STUDENTS.

SO EVEN THOUGH WE'VE INCREASED AND WE'VE INCREASED THAT BUDGET, YOU KNOW, ARE WE IN LINE WITH WHAT RESEARCH SAYS IN TERMS OF THOSE THOSE SUPPORTS? AND KIND OF A FOLLOW UP ON THAT, YOU KNOW, EVEN IF WE HAVE ALL OF THESE SUPPORTS IN PLACE, YOU KNOW, I WAS A FORMER TEACHER, SO I KNOW THAT A LOT OF TIMES YOU'RE THE FIRST IN LINE, RIGHT? YOU HEAR WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE STUDENT'S LIVES.

YOU'RE THE PERSON, THE ADULT, THAT THEY SEE EVERY SINGLE DAY.

SO YOU'RE USUALLY THE FIRST PERSON TO HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING.

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING OR SUPPORTS DO WE HAVE FOR TEACHERS AROUND THIS? DR. CASTILLO. YES.

THANK YOU. SO WE DO HAVE DIFFERENT TYPE OF TEACHER SUPPORTS THAT WE'RE PROVIDING TRAINING THROUGH SEL.

A LOT OF IT AROUND RESTORATIVE PRACTICE, YOU KNOW, BEHAVIORAL BEST PRACTICES.

WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF DEMAND ON, OF COURSE, ALSO THE WELL-BEING OF BOTH THE TEACHERS AND THE STUDENT.

SO THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF OUR SUPPORT, NOT JUST THROUGH SEL AND THE TRAINING, BUT ALSO MAKING SURE THAT THE RIGHT RESOURCES AND THE RIGHT PARTNERS TO REFER A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS. BUT WE HAVE GETTING A DEMAND ON TEACHERS AS WELL IS AVAILABLE SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, SO THEY CAN CONTINUE HELPING TAKE CARE OF OUR STUDENTS.

YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU.

ANOTHER QUESTION I HAVE.

SO IN 2021, WE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE ASKING FOR CLASS MISDEMEANORS AND SCHOOLYARD FIGHTS TO NOT BE REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND I WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANY FOLLOW UP WITH THAT.

THE CLASS C ARRESTS? YEAH, THE CLASS C MISDEMEANORS [TIMER] AND SCHOOLYARD FIGHTS TO NOT BE REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND WELL IN 2014 AND 2015, THERE WAS THE CHANGE IN THE LAW ABOUT THE ISSUANCE OF CLASS C TICKETS.

AND BEFORE AN OFFICER ISSUES A CLASS C TICKET FOR ANY OFFENSE, THEY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE GRADUATED SANCTIONS HAVE BEEN MET.

BUT SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, I DON'T, I REALLY DON'T RECALL ISSUING ANY CLASS C ARRESTS FOR MINOR OFFENSES THAT HAPPENED ON THE CAMPUSES LIKE MINOR ASSAULTS, DISRUPTION OF CLASSES AND ISSUES LIKE THAT.

SO THAT LAW IS IN PLACE AND WE FOLLOW THOSE GRADUATED SANCTIONS.

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, CHIEF, WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY CLASS C ARRESTS SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, TOWARD JUVENILES.

SOME ADULTS, YES, BUT NOT JUVENILE STUDENTS.

AND THEN LIKE IN TERMS OF FIGHTS THAT BREAK OUT ON CAMPUSES, IS THAT THE SAME? CORRECT. WE HAVEN'T ISSUED A CLASS C ASSAULT TICKET TO A JUVENILE STUDENT FOR FIGHTING ON CAMPUS SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE.

AND THAT'S, AGAIN IF, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT GRADUATE SANCTIONS HAVE BEEN MET BEFORE WE ISSUE THAT CITATION AND WE WORK THE CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS TO DETERMINE WHETHER CITATION'S BEEN ISSUED OR NOT.

BUT I DO.

AND EVERY TIME I HIRE A NEW OFFICER, I STRESS THAT I WANT THEM TO RESOLVE INCIDENTS THROUGH AND LET THE ADMINISTRATORS HANDLE THOSE MINOR DISTURBANCES AT THE CAMPUSES.

AND THAT INCLUDES MINOR ASSAULTS, MUTUAL FIGHTING SITUATIONS.

I ALWAYS ENCOURAGE MY OFFICERS TO NOT WRITE A CITATION AND LET THE ADMINISTRATION HANDLE IT.

DO I NEED TO PAUSE? DO I NEED TO LIKE NEED TO RECESS THE MEETING.

YOU CAN PAUSE THE MEETING. YOU CAN CONTINUE.

IT'S JUST WORK SESSION, BUT IT'S NOT AN OFFICIAL MEETING POINT.

YOU CAN GO AHEAD TO RECESS FOR THE TIME BEING.

OKAY, BUT WE CAN ALSO CONTINUE.

YES. DO I NEED TO SAY.

YEAH, I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE WE'RE NOW IN RECESS.

WE WILL CONTINUE AND I KNOW I'M OUT OF TIME.

JUST KIND OF A FOLLOW UP QUESTION ON THAT.

SO I UNDERSTAND THAT IN PRACTICE.

AND THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THIS HAS BEEN ADDRESSED, BUT JUST WANTING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT IS DISCUSSED AND REVISITED WITH THAT.

BECAUSE IF LEADERSHIP CHANGES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT PRACTICE CONTINUES.

SO THANK YOU. SO, TRUSTEES, I KNOW THAT THERE'S A FEW THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DISCUSS IN CLOSED SESSION.

SO, WHERE'S MY SCRIPT? OKAY, GO AHEAD. TRUSTEE BAKER.

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, CHIEF, I FULLY SUPPORT, AND SUPERINTENDENT, HISD POLICE AND INTERNAL POLICE.

ARE WE SHORT ON A MANPOWER.

ARE YOU.

DO YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO INCREASE YOUR FORCE? THAT'S KIND OF A LOADED QUESTION.

I THINK ANY POLICE CHIEF WILL ASK YOU THAT THEY NEED MORE RESOURCES AND MORE MANPOWER.

BUT YES, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN OFFICER AT EACH ELEMENTARY CAMPUS BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE WE'RE LACKING AT.

WE SUPPLEMENT THAT SHORTAGE BY USING OUTSIDE RESOURCES LIKE CONSTABLE, HPD AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO PATROL OUR SCHOOLS.

WE ALSO HAVE ADDED ADDITIONAL VEHICLES TO THE HIGH SCHOOLS.

SO IN CASE AN INCIDENT HAPPENS AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RIGHT DOWN FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL, THE POLICE OFFICER, HISD POLICE FORCE CAN GO TO THAT SCHOOL.

SO, YES, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE OFFICERS.

OUTSTANDING. THANK YOU. THE BOARD WILL NOW ADJOURN TO CLOSE SESSION UNDER CHAPTER 551 OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE OPEN MEETINGS.

[01:55:06]

SUBSECTIONS 551.

OH, SORRY.

[CLOSED SESSION AUTHORIZATION DURING MEETING]

SUBSECTIONS 551 .004, .071, .072, .073, .074, .076, .082, .0821, .083, .084, .089.

SHOULD BOARD FINAL ACTION VOTE OR DECISION ON ANY MATTER CONSIDERED IN THE CLOSED SESSION BE REQUIRED, SUCH FINAL ACTION VOTE OR DECISION SHALL BE TAKEN AT THE OPEN MEETING COVERED BY THIS NOTICE UPON THE RECONVENING OF THIS PUBLIC MEETING OR AT A SUBSEQUENT PUBLIC MEETING UPON OF THE BOARD UPON NOTICE THEREOF.

THE BOARD IS ADJOURNED TO CLOSED SESSION AT 4:07 P.M.

[SPANISH]. GOOD EVENING.

THIS MEETING IS NOW CONVENED.

THE TIME IS 5:04 P.M.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT IN THE BOARD AUDITORIUM ARE TRUSTEE ALLEN, TRUSTEE WADE, TRUSTEE CRUZ TRUSTEE DEIGAARD, TRUSTEE BAKER, TRUSTEE HERNANDEZ.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE TO PLEASE SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES.

[SPANISH] THE BOARD WORKSHOP IS ADJOURNED AT 5:05 PM.



* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.