Four Beaumont ISD police officers will undergo training to become mental health certified for the upcoming school year at Lamar Institute of Technology’s Regional Police Academy. The officers will be the first of their kind in this department.
“Having mental health officers will help us easily identify and understand the signs of addictions and mental illness and know the appropriate way to help students who are facing such illnesses,” said Chief Joseph Malbrough.
The District is always working to stay up-to-date with new skills in keeping students and staff safe said Malbrough.
“The governor is pushing for more involvement in the area of mental health in the light of recent shootings,” said Malbrough. “We want to make sure we are on the forefront of combatting this issue so we can accurately detect, identify and diffuse potential crisis situations before they occur.”
In addition, officers have received other emergency training with the Garth House, Child Protective Services and First Aid/CPR training with the Beaumont Fire Department.
Police officers are required to obtain 40 hours of continuing education every two years, but these trainings are additional and supplemental.
“We have an expectation that all of our officers will go through these courses to ensure everyone is adequately prepared to meet the demands of our district,” said Malbrough.“Knowing these skills are so vital to the safety of our students and being properly equipped with the tools needed in the event any of these situations arise can ultimately help save a life.”