By Wayne R. Phlegar Jr.
I come from a unique position of having served the last 25 years of my 34-year law enforcement career on a school district police department in a suburb of Houston, Texas.
In the early 1980s, several school district police/security departments came together and formed the Texas Association of School District Police. An officer from the San Antonio school district police and I wrote a law and changed others to enable us to become recognized police officers and not school security. This change required us to meet the standards of the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Education. All the standards set for the likes of the Houston Police Department now applied to us, but the law also added courses on the handling of juveniles and special needs students.
Phlegar is a retired Texas master police officer and psychologist living in west Roanoke County.