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Austin ISD's new police chief shares how the district will protect students

The district will continue to use an app called Gaggle to monitor social media accounts for warning signs.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin ISD has a new police chief – Wayne Sneed. He was formerly the head of the district’s Mental Health and Community Engagement Unit, and he has over 40 years in law enforcement. 

In light of the shooting in Uvalde, KVUE asked Sneed how he plans to identify students who may pose a risk to others. He said the district will continue to use an app called Gaggle, which monitors student social media accounts for any indicators that a student may want to harm themselves or others. 

That’s not all it's doing on the safety front. 

The district police are doing security audits, looking at upgrades for locks and fences around the campus and even installing bullet-resistant film in entryways and doors.

“Twenty-two million dollars from our last bond is being used on upgrading our alarms and camera systems,” said Sneed.

Sneed said there are two officers at every high school, one officer at every middle school and patrol officers that go to elementary schools. 

He also said they will continue to enforce not allowing people on campus who don’t have a key or card or haven’t been checked into the office.

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