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Paris ISD is looking to purchase some police cars for its newly formed Department of Safety and Security.
The Paris Police Department plans to sell some of its retired cruisers, and the Paris Independent School District board of trustees approved budget amendments this week to place bids on the vehicles. The minimum bid is $4,800.
“These are three used police cars, totally decked out,” PISD-DSS Director Brad Ruthart said. “One of them is my old police car. It’s got 100,000 miles on it, but it was well taken care of, and I think they will serve us for some time.”
The school board first discussed forming a police department in June to provide officers at all campuses rather than the two PISD had contracted with the police department for. Before the school year began, PISD filed an application with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, hired six officers and set up guidelines and agreements with the Paris Police Department.
The officers do not travel between campuses any more, Business Manager Tish Holleman said, but the vehicles would be helpful if they did have to transport someone. Putting a police car in a visible location on campus also provides a proactive, visible step for drivers, Ruthart said.
“They will be marked Paris ISD Department of Safety and Security ,” he said. “We’ll probably put the word ‘police’ on there somewhere so people will know who we are.”