Sheriff’s Office to increase patrols at two S.A. schools over drug, gun incidents

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced there will be increased patrols and new task force at two high schools in San Antonio starting on Monday, March 20. 

The public notice from BCSO says the increased patrols and personnel at Brennan High School and Southwest High School are “in direct response to gun- and drug-related incidents … and/or involving students of the schools.”

The Sheriff’s Office announced it is relocating assets to form a School Safety Task Force (SSTF) for the remainder of the school year, primarily in Northside ISD and Southwest ISD to assist both district police departments. The SSTF will reportedly receive support from other BCSO units, including Mental Health/SMART, Gang Unit and Organized Crime, SCORE (Community Policing), Traffic, and Patrol. 

“Both districts are great partners to us and both do an excellent job of protecting their sizable student populations. We recognized that both districts share common issues which we believe all three agencies can work together to address,” Sheriff Javier Salazar said in the statement. “Our level of involvement on the actual campuses will be determined by the school districts themselves. I’m meeting with superintendents and police chiefs with SWISD and NISD this week to determine their needs. For now, our approach will be a more pronounced presence near the schools to reassure parents that we are working with the ISDs to keep their students safe.” 

A Northside ISD safety forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, at Bennie L. Cole Elementary from 6 to 8 p.m. A Southwest ISD safety forum will be held in the SWISD service area in coming days,” the Sheriff’s Office said. 

BCSO announced that tips involving criminal activity near the schools can now be shared to SchoolTips@Bexar.Org. 

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