Nearly half a dozen sex offenders living near two Brownsville schools is just one reason the school district is implementing the "Safe Routes to School" program, Na'Tassia Finley has more on how the program will protect your children.
The Brownsville I.S.D. police department is stepping up their efforts to do just that, their implementing the Safe Routes to School program. The program will cover everything from protecting kids from sex offenders to ensuring that they have a safe path to travel along, while on their walk to and from school.
The first school zone to implement the program is off of west Alton Gloor where Manzana Middle school and Keller Elementary have just opened. In a search, the state's sex offender database shows about five registered sex offenders living in very close proximity to the schools. A purple star represents the location of the schools which are about 500 feet across from one another.
Chief Garcia says the additional bike patrol officers will make the rounds not only before and after school releases, but also through out the day. Registered sex offenders aren't the only danger, potentially fast moving vehicles can also put children at risk.
The program will also provide a safer travel route for those kids and pre-teens who walk or ride their bikes to school. The cross walks are painted, but a few last minute details are being worked out before the program goes into full swing.