WESTLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – One Texas school is taking security to the next level by adding a police substation to the campus.
Officials with the Texas charter school Westlake Academy, which opened its doors in 2003, announced Wednesday they are partnering with the Keller Police Department to add a police substation to one of the buildings on the school grounds.READ MORE: Texas Woman Sues Oral Surgeon After Metal Drill Bit Left Inside Her Jaw
According to a release from the town of Westlake, the Westlake Academy Board of Trustees, along with Police Chief Mike Wilson have formulated a plan to increase police presence and enhance security on the school campus.
“This idea really came about the last couple of years, but we ramped up discussion about it last fall before it was approved in early February”, according to Chief Wilson.READ MORE: Southeast Alliance Community Care Team To Address Public Mental Health Response Needs
Officials said the substation would be a benefit due to the unique configuration of the campus.
“The substation on our campus seems to be very well suited to our needs. We will have a highly visible police presence. It will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week” says Westlake Academy Board of Trustees President and Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat. “Officers will become intimately familiar with our campus and will get to know our students. There is no question that we will be a safer school community as a result. It would not surprise me at all if the substation model becomes one that many other schools follow.”MORE NEWS: After Rise In Auto Thefts, Tarrant County Cracking Down On Car Thieves
Officials say work on the substation is set to begin this month with completion expected by spring.