From Enterprise Staff
In a concerted effort to increase the safety of school students on the highways, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Livingston Police Department are partnering with Livingston ISD through a pilot program which will place law enforcement officers on school buses to observe traffic.
The idea came about from local law enforcement who selected Livingston ISD to start the pilot program as it is the largest school district in the county with the largest percentage of miles driven by school buses. In time, however, efforts will likely expand to include other school districts as well.
Livingston ISD disseminated information regarding the development to its parents and staff on Tuesday.
“We wanted to share with our parents and staff that our students may see a law enforcement officer on their school bus in the coming days. The district is proud to be part of a collaborative effort between the Polk County-based troopers with the Department of Public Safety, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the Livingston Police Department to observe traffic and increase safety on our roads and highways,” LISD Superintendent Dr. Brent E. Hawkins said. “We extend our grateful appreciation to these three agencies for their work on this project.”