Central ISD getting police department

By Mystic Matthews

POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - For the past five years, Central ISD has partnered with Angelina County to provide security for campus buildings.

But now Central is going one step further and putting Danny Anders on staff as the new full time police chief.

"It's always been about the safety and security of everybody up on this hill," says Anders.

Anders is a Sheriff's Deputy for the county, but lives in Central.  His kids graduated from there. It's only fitting that once he retires from the county, he take over as the bulldog's Chief of Police.

"I've been out 29 years on the street, the last 5 here at Central. I like it, it like the kids and the atmosphere and I think this is the thing," says Anders.

Superintendent Dr. Allen Garner says they've had a great partnership with the county.

"It's a win-win for the district to have an experienced law enforcement officer here.  He lives in the community, is highly respected and well known and just a positive influence on the kids."

So they are ready to have Anders as one of their own.

Dr. Garner says, "It's been a very positive thing for us to have Danny in the hallways and on the campuses," and he says his duties will not just be traffic safety, but other issues as well.

"He will work with issues of truancy and attendance, and be a resource for student discipline," says Dr. Garner.

And the deal is even sweeter for Central.  Dr. Garner says not only are they getting a wonderful law enforcement officer, but a car and the equipment as well.

Anders' current vehicle will soon be outfitted to reflect bulldog colors of green and white, so there will be no mistaking who he works for.

"The number one priority is the safety and security of our school district," says Dr. Garner.

"We are on the up and coming and I have great expectations for the police department here but our school district as a whole," says Anders.

Come August 25th, when school is back in session, get ready to see Anders serving and protecting the students and staff of Central ISD.