CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - If you drive by Crockett High School, you may notice a police vehicle sitting in the parking lot.
The presence of the officers is part of a new partnership between Crockett ISD and the city's police department.
"It has been great for us," Superintendent Terry Myers said. "The students and police have responded well. We just want to be able to keep a watchful eye and ease the fears of parents."
At a distance, the police keep a watchful eye over the students, but during certain parts of the day, the officers will enter the schools and visit with the children. Lt. Clayton Smith is just one of the few officers that have been named resource officers to work with the district.
"You can interact with the kids,"Smith said. "It's good for the kids on the streets that they can come to the police officer anytime they need help. It lets them know we care about them and are there to help."
Myers started the program with police after the recent Charleston, SC shootings as well as other shootings like the ones that occurred at Sandy Hook, CT and Columbine, Co.
"I don't know if you are ever 100 percent ready, but we don't want to be the one that didn't do everything that we could," Myers said. "The best thing is it is a great deterrent to anybody doing something bad or having ill will toward our schools."
The plan for the district that has just over 1,200 students is to have the officers always on the grounds yet not invading the work space.
For those working on campus, the presence is already making a difference.
"I'm not fearful anymore," Crockett Jr. High Secretary Lillie Myers-Murphy said. "I can do my work at all ease now. I usually am on the phone or radio helping people and am here in the office alone, so having the officers outside is a big deal for me."
Myers said this year the officers are rotating based on their work schedule with the city. Crockett ISD hopes to be able to get a more permanent officer from the city in the coming school years.