Staff Writer and
KYTX CBS 19’s MICHELE REESE
With 1,416 calls answered this past school year, Tyler Independent School District police officers worked everything from vehicle accidents to welfare concerns in the district.
TISD consists of 25 regular school campuses, various other special program buildings and administrative offices and has a student population of about 18,000.
Records obtained from the school district shows officers worked 13 classroom disruptions, 72 vulgar language incidents, 11 felony burglary of building cases, 64 assaults including one assault on an officer and eight assaults resulting in bodily injury.
The department’s 14 officers also worked 99 fights, one riot, 22 criminal mischief incidents, 40 drug-related cases and 108 thefts ranging from thefts of property under $50 to a theft of property exceeding $1,500.
The records indicate the TISD police issued 274 citations for 2010-2011 school year and made 92 arrests.
The citation and arrest totals were down significantly from the previous school year when TISD police made 123 arrests and issued 382 citations.
During the 2009-2010 school year officers answered 1,357 calls including four arsons, two aggravated assaults, 51 assaults, one robbery, one weapons violation and 90 thefts.
According to the documents, TISD police also worked a combined total of 54 truancies during both school years and a total of 390 public service calls.
Officers for the district also gave 46 courtesy transports in 2010-2011 and assisted other agencies 57 times.
Since the department was created in the 2003-2004 school year the police department’s budget has risen from $520,000 to $1.1 million and records show the number of calls have steadily risen with the growing student population.