A fundamental element for effective learning is to make sure that students have a safe environment for instruction. That's at the heart of the 2015 School Based Law Enforcement Summit hosted by the Judson ISD Police Department at Wagner High School. School law enforcement members from around the state came to this event as a great training tool to look at new ways of addressing current and emerging safety and legal issues. The conference is developed and run by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University and offers this free training that is specific to the school campus setting. Issues like Positive School Climate (anti-bullying), Gang Intervention and Inappropriate Relationships were just some of the topics on which the event focused.
The two day event is paid for by the Office of the Governor and Criminal Justice Division and is invaluable for school police departments to pick up knowledge, training and skills on procedures and best practices that can help keep campuses safe for all students. It's a great way to work toward a safe and successful school year.
The Criminal Justice programs at both Wagner and Judson High Schools are on a roll with some great success at local and regional competitions. Both teams competed at the Texas Public Service Association regional contest at Manor High School near Austin. Wow...both came out doing really well placing in 22 events...AND advancing to the State level.
Wagner qualified for State in the following categories: Domestic Disturbance, Opening Statement, Crime Scene Investigation, Female Obstacle Course, Felony Traffic Stop, Defensive Tactics, First Responder, and Fire Fighter Agility Course.
Judson's team qualified for State by doing well in : Brain Bowl, Criminal Case Analysis, First Responder, Inmate Processing, Crime Scene Investigation, Fire Fighter Agility Course, Felony Traffic Stop, Traffic Stop, Disturbance Call, SWAT, and Building Search.
The congratulations not only go out to the students but also to the JISD Police Department who prepped the students to compete. Good luck at state!!
The GREAT program (Gang Resistance Education and Training) is an effort that involves law enforcement agencies working with students to encourage them to take a positive approach to life. It emphasizes a resistance to the gang violence culture and to stay in school, respect others and grow respect for one's self. The Judson ISD Police department is bring the program to a significant number of JIDS students. It has a complete curriculum that is taught by the officers and is focused on young students in an effort to prevent them going down a destructive path. As you can see Officers Adolfo Hernandez and Mary Romero were working with this class at Candlewood Elementary School. This course is being taught through the Boys and Girls Club and Adventure Club.
The Judson ISD Police Department wants to say thank you and congratulations to eveyone who participated in this year's Canned Yam Drive. It was a great success and many people benefitted from that generosity. Olympia Elementary took first place, Kitty Hawk Middle School was second and Elolf Elementary School was third. These canned yams were used for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner that feeds thousands of homeless and underserved people at the downtown convention center. JISD Police Department says trophies will be handed out in a couple of weeks.
Both Judson and Wagner High Schools have brand new Explorer Post groups and in October both participated in their very first contest. The Alamo Area Law Enforcement Explorer Competition drew Explorer teams from all over the state including groups from Dallas, Houston and the Valley. Among a field of 60 teams, these two newly formed Explorer posts made their presence known. Keep in mind, they were instructed and tutored by the JISD Police Department in procedure and safety. Wagner took first place in Hostage Negotiation and third place in Arrest, Search and Seizure. Meanwhile, Judson did well too taking 3rd place in Traffic Stop. It was a great team effort because even the students that didn't compete but are part of the post helped in preparing team members for the competition by acting as subjects in practice scenarios. Outstanding!!
Wagner students (Post 6217):
Judson students (Post 9142):
Alyssa Ambriz Ramirez