By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Aledo ISD recently hired one new full-time police officer and added another to a list of reserve officers.
Both are master peace officers with more than 20 years of experience.
Officer Wes Cummins is now employed full time after serving as an Aledo ISD reserve officer for eight years. Cummins, who has 21 years’ experience, is a certified school resource officer. He has also completed active shooter training.
Officer Tom Kelly, with 27 years’ experience, will serve as one of 15 district reserve officers. Kelly is a former criminal investigator and patrol officer and once taught criminal justice in the Weatherford ISD. A Parker County resident, he has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s in education from Texas A & M Commerce.
Trustees voted to hire a fifth full-time officer in January, amending the budget to pay for the new position through the end of the school year.
At that time, Superintendent Dan Manning told the board that the district also wanted to expand the number of reserve officers who could help during the day and move toward a more campus-based police operation.
“In a traditional police force, officers respond to police needs based on an incident,” he explained. “If it’s campus-based they’re on campus to be part of the fabric of everyday life.”
“We are increasing our police presence and visibility on all our campuses, as well as their interaction with campus staff, students and the community.”