POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:17pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 8:23am
LA JOYA — "Ok go into combat mode," said the training official. Combat mode, it sounds extreme, especially when you realize the men on the gun range are all school police officers. La Joya ISD Officer Roel Guerra, like the other, is here taking his yearly gun training exam.
"Thread!" yells the trainer, then shots ring through the air.
This training is mandatory for every school officer.
Chief Raul Gonzalez has been leading the school police for for 11 years, and recent years have prompted changes like guns in the hands of school officers. "Eleven years ago we never talked about having police officers at the school district, or having a police department at the school district," said Gonzalez. "And now we are up to more than 45 police officers at La Joya ISD , and almost every school district in the valley and every school district in the state has police officers."
News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray explains.