The Texas School Safety Center honored the Killeen Independent School District with its School Based Law Enforcement Award of Excellence.

Curtis Clay, program manager for the center, said the award of excellence recognizes a school district’s dedication, commitment and collaboration efforts toward providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.

The center, which is connected to Texas State University, examines ongoing preparedness, prevention and response activities to determine award recipients.

“It is presented to Killeen ISD in recognition of its sustained efforts to ensure that their students, faculty and staff have safe and secure environments in which to learn and work,” Clay said.

Killeen ISD is the only Texas school district to receive the award of safety excellence.

School safety planning includes emergency operations plans, law enforcement support and coordination with the municipal and military entities within the school district.

John Dye, Killeen ISD director for school safety, said the award goes beyond the regular operations of school based law enforcement. Dye said the award of excellence indicates the strong partnership Killeen ISD safety maintains with law enforcement in Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Bell County and Fort Hood.

Killeen ISD police officers train alongside Killeen, Harker Heights and Nolanville officers.

“I consider the award a validation of the priority that KISD puts on school safety at the district and campus level,” Dye said. “With 1,031 public school districts in the state, it is quite an honor.”

The school district’s safety department supports 52 campuses and more than 42,000 students.

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