District police department deals with campus crime
Officer B. Jones said he has to deal with theft issues almost every day.
“Students are becoming naive,” Jones said. “They could just leave their laptop on their desk in class to go to the board, and come back for it to be gone.”
Jones and Master Officer C.J. Davis are the officers on campus replacing the constable deputies who used to be here. Jones previously worked as a coach at Jack Yates High School in Houston ISD before becoming a police officer. These officers now belong to the new CFISD police department.
“The CFISD officers have a better understanding, and communication because they work for the district,” said associate principal Maggie Wiley.
The district used to have a contract with the Precinct 4 constable’s office to provide law enforcement officers on campus. The Precinct 4 deputies were assigned to work for CFISD, but they did not train with the faculty.
“We were lucky,” Wiley said. “There really [weren’t] any hiccups being that Officer Davis was here last year. The only difference now is he’s working for someone else.”
Wiley said students may not have noticed the change because the school had one of the same officers last year, just in a different uniform. Davis, a former deputy constable assigned to Cy Creek, returned this year as a CFISD police officer.
“I really love the change,” senior Shelby Varner said. “School has become a place to learn. You aren’t suppose to come to school and have distractions because some students decide to act out.”
The officers said they want to protect the environment for the students and staff.
“The difference between where I was at Highpoint [a Harris County alternative school] and being stationed in a new department is they’re more fresh and enthusiastic,” Davis said. “My main goal is to protect the school.”
Officer Jones said the most difficult thing for him to deal with are girl fights.
“I don’t like breaking up fights between girls,” Jones said. “You don’t want to use extreme force to break it up, because you might hurt them but you don’t want to get hurt yourself. That’s a very tricky situation.”
Jones and Davis said they want to be there for the students to counsel them and get them on the right path instead of slapping them with the harshest punishment, but they still have to enforce the law and do their job.
“I hate arresting kids. I want y’all to feel safe, my job is to make this place a safe environment,” Jones said. “I know that when I arrest a kid, they will remember that forever. It’ll be on their record. That’s not something I want to do.”
Assistant Principal Richard Alcorn said the students’ behavior has gotten much better since the officers have gotten here. They are very responsive to the needs of the school, and he’s excited about this year, because the guys are extremely proactive and connected as a unit.
“I like the change because the officers are visible, and they cater more to the needs of the school,” Alcorn said.
All high schools are assigned two district officers, middle schools are assigned one, and elementary schools are not assigned officers, but they have district patrollers.
Officers Davis and Jones have been working in schools for awhile, and they said they understand the dynamics and how a school operates. They said they understand the difficulties the kids may be having at home, unlike officers that work for the city.
“When I put on my uniform, I feel a sense of pride,” Jones said. “I know God put me here to help out and give back.”
Contact the officers by dropping by their office in Room 1021 near the front of the building between the times of 6 a.m and 4 p.m.