Governor Abbott Announces New Chief of School Safety and Security | Texas Governor’s Office


October 3, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott today announced John P. Scott as the new Chief of School Safety and Security at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), effective today, Monday, October 3.

Following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Governor Abbott directed TEA to create the position of Chief of School Safety within the agency to serve as a recognized expert on safety issues. school and public safety and resource for school districts and the legislature. The leader will ensure that schools in Texas implement school safety policies enacted by the legislature and will take all possible steps to ensure that schools use best practices to protect against school shootings or attacks. other hazards.

“Protecting Texas children and making our schools safer for all are top priorities, and John Scott is uniquely qualified to help us lead our efforts to keep them safe and secure in Texas schools,” the Governor said. Abbott. “Chief Scott’s wealth of security and intelligence experience and his exemplary service to our country make him the ideal candidate as the new Chief of School Security and Safety. I look forward to the work with Chief Scott as we continue to strengthen our strong collaboration and communication between state agencies to provide a safe and secure environment for every student, parent, teacher, and faculty member in Texas.”

“As Commissioner of Education and as a father, I recognize that our schools must be safe for students to learn and grow,” said Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. “TEA’s new Head of Schools Safety and Security, John Scott, brings incredible security expertise to this role. We are grateful for Governor Abbott’s leadership on this critical issue.

“I am honored to join the Texas Education Agency in this capacity,” said the school’s chief safety and security officer, John Scott. “I plan to work closely with partner agencies and school systems across the state to keep our students and staff safe.”

John P. Scott of Dallas was Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service Dallas/North Texas District. Previously, Scott served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the North Texas Cyber ​​Fraud Task Force, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Protection and Physical Protection Unit in Dallas, and Deputy Special Agent head of the secret service. Headquarters/Protective Operations Division in Washington, DC In addition, Scott served as a Special Agent in the Vice Presidential Protective Division and the Dignitary Protective Division in Washington, DC and at the Houston Field Office. Prior to joining the Secret Service, Scott was a field artillery officer and captain in the U.S. Army, where he attended rigorous airborne Ranger schools. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas Tech University, where he was named a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Chief Scott will report directly to Commissioner Morath and have a direct line to the Governor’s office to ensure increased communication and collaboration among state agencies to provide a safe environment for Texas students and faculty. As a single point of contact to coordinate school safety efforts across Texas, Chief Scott will enhance all agency services by increasing communication and collaboration among professionals at the TEA, Texas School Safety Center , the Department of Public Safety, the Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium and the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, school districts and other entities.

Governor Abbott has taken significant steps to provide all available resources to support the community of Uvalde following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School. These actions include:

  • Launch of comprehensive plan for the state of Texas to help and support members of the community, including co-location of state agency representatives to the Family Assistance Center for immediate assistance in seeking benefits .
  • Initial investment of $5 million to establish a long-term family resilience center in Uvalde County to serve as a hub for community services, including access to essential mental health resources.
  • Providing $105.5 million to improve school safety and mental health services in Uvalde and throughout Texas.
  • Providing $1.25 million to the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) for trauma-informed counseling, crisis intervention and community outreach.
  • Work with the OneStar Foundation to create a one-stop donation webpage to support the families of the victims, teachers and the community of Uvalde.
  • Lead the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure that all children in Uvalde have access to behavioral health resources and community support.
  • To provide a grant of more than $295,000 to the Uvalde County Juvenile Probation Department for services to help at-risk youth exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems in school.
  • Issue a disaster declaration to expedite all state and local resources available to assist the community of Uvalde.
  • Ask Texas legislative leaders to convene special legislative committees to begin reviewing and developing legislative recommendations on school safety, mental health, social media, police training, gun safety, and more.
  • Directing the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) to immediately begin conducting comprehensive school safety reviews to ensure that all public schools in Texas are following proper procedures to maximize school safety.
  • Lead the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide strategies to make Texas public schools safer through enhanced safety standards.
  • Directing ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) programs to provide training to all school districts in the state, prioritizing school-based law enforcement.
  • Lead TEA, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to expand and expedite the ability to report suspicious activity through the iWatchTexas reporting system.
  • Publicize iWatchTexas through a public safety announcement featuring “Walker, Texas Ranger” Chuck Norris.
  • Lead TEA to create a new position of Chief of School Safety within the agency.
  • Urge the Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) to increase legal action against people who lie about gun background check information.

Provide more than 30 law enforcement officers on UCISD campuses for the new academic year.

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