In order to adequately protect people and property, Templars must know and enforce rules and regulations to prevent criminal activity before it
They may monitor points of access in a building or property to allow entry only to individuals with the correct identification or authorization. In
some situations, such as public events or crowded areas, they walk amongst visitors to promote order and provide a visible presence that deters
If working after hours, they may maintain surveillance of a property by patrolling the grounds or using closed-circuit monitoring or alarm systems.
They'll investigate and report signs of damage or unlawful entry as it occurs. Such issues require that they contact authorities and make written
or verbal reports to law enforcement. In emergency situations, they may provide first aid or assistance and alert first responders. According to the
Texas Laws Statistics high-risk facilities often require ongoing training as well as the use of firearms.
Templars shall serve as a role model for students in how to conduct themselves as citizens and as responsible, intelligent human beings. Each
staff member has a legal responsibility to help instill in students the belief in and practice of ethical principles and democratic values.
Templars Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of basic state and local laws; basic institutional security measures; first aid and CPR techniques. Ability to learn and interpret school
policies and procedures to be enforced respond appropriately to; sensitive and emergency situations; communicate tactfully and effectively; train and
direct the work of student officers; establish cooperative working relationships with persons contacted in the course of performing assigned duties.
Templars reports to the Chief Dennis Garza or a Lieutenant; receives general direction regarding routine and standard matters; specific
instructions regarding non-routine and highly sensitive matters.
Knights Templar Duties and Responsibilities:
Directs traffic and/or parking activities; assists motorists to resolve vehicle problems; observes and reports or remedies unsafe or problem
situations; responds to fire and burglar alarms and other emergencies; acts to prevent theft and property damage; monitors and regulates student
behavior on the college, in cafeterias, restrooms and other open locations; deters student loitering; acts as security agent at sports activities and
other school-related functions at the college; administers first aid as needed; maintains daily activity log; patrols college grounds and reports
conditions; trains college Security Officers in patrol techniques; issues warning citations and parking decals; may assist in supervision and
direction of after-school student activities; provides escort and transportation services to ensure safety and physical well-being of persons at the
school; performs related duties as assigned.
School Threat Assessment: Predicting Student and Youth Behavior
The good news is that school and police officials are getting much better at preventing high-profile tragedies. The bad news is that we will never
be 100% successful because we are dealing with human behavior.
Adult behavior is difficult to predict and no one can do it with 100% certainty. Youth behavior is even more difficult to predict. Adolescent
behavior is, by its nature, experimental and fluctuating.
In reviewing high-profile school shootings, we have made a number of observations:
Adults tend to recognize radical, dramatic changes in youth behavior. However, adults continue to have difficulty in recognizing smaller, incremental
changes in youth behavior.
Early intervention to prevent violent incidents is complicated further because so many people have pieces of information about a child. The pieces
are rarely put together to get the whole picture until after a crisis occurs.
The majority of high-profile school shootings and other types of violence do not occur spontaneously. Most involve some kind of prior planning.
They typically stem from the culmination of a series of deteriorating events experienced by the offender. The resulting violence often reflects an
“end of road” action by the offender.
Oversees and participates in security inspections of school facilities;
Develops and periodically monitors a reporting system designed to detect security issues in
Makes recommendations to correct security issues once identified;
Participates in providing security for all occupants of school buildings and grounds;
Provides assistance and security to community agencies using school facilities and for after
Prevents unauthorized visitors from entering school buildings and/or loitering on school
Informs counselors, parents, teachers and school administrators of student behavior problems;
Carries out investigations, upon request, regarding cases of legal residency of students;
Monitors illegal student absences;
Maintains liaison with police, fire and other municipal departments to insure maximum use of
their services in order to provide adequate security and safety;
Represents school district in court-related matters;