LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A new addition to some Calcasieu Parish high schools is on the way in an effort to increase security measures across the district.
The security kiosks; each costing about $10,000, not including the technology it will require, are being installed in a few Calcasieu Parish high schools. They’re meant to help resource officers better protect students.
“Where they can have access to cameras, where they can be very visible. So, this is our first pilot into that opportunity," Karl Bruchhaus, Calcasieu superintendent, said.
Commander Doug Poole, with the sheriff’s office security enforcement section, says students’ safety is top priority—especially when it seems tragedy can strike anywhere.
“Our officers are trained to handle any violence in these Calcasieu Parish schools. This location is something the bad guy will not know, whether we’re in there or not. It kind of gives us an extra tool in our evolving, ever-ending attempt to make things safer for our students in Calcasieu Parish," Poole said.
These kiosks will not only benefit school resource officers, but Poole said they will build trust.
“It’s very important because we want the students to feel comfortable with our officers. Our S.R.O.s have sometimes personal relationships with these kids and we try to mentor them and guide them, you know, answer questions about various things we can assist them with," Poole said. "We’re here not only for their safety, but to be their mentors.”
Bruchhaus agreed, saying they’ll be a win-win for schools and the sheriff’s office.
“In the age that we—in which we live, every day there are opportunities to try to get better at protecting people, especially in public settings," Bruchhaus said. "So, certainly, having a kiosk like this in a commons area tells everybody where they can go if they need assistance.”
The first kiosk at Barbe High School is expected to be finished by the end of this month, and another is currently being built at LaGrange High School.
The school board plans on adding more to campuses across the district as they see fit.