Burnet: Local man appointed to Texas School Safety Center board

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BURNET, Texas (KWTX) Alan Trevino of Burnet, the owner and president of Sentry Security & Investigations, L.P., and a licensed master peace officer, will be sworn in on Dec. 2 to the Board of Directors of the Texas School Safety Center Board.

Alan Trevino of Burnet, the owner and president of Sentry Security & Investigations, L.P., and a licensed master peace officer, will be sworn in on Dec. 2 to the Board of Directors of the Texas School Safety Center Board. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)

Gov. Greg Abbott named Trevino to the board on Nov. 18, along with seven others.

"I like a challenge," said Trevino.

The center was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 2001 to provide the state’s schools with “research, training, and technical support to help reduce youth violence and promote school safety.”

Trevino, who’s retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety, has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

While a DPS trooper, he was second in command and detail leader for then Gov. George W. Bush’s security detail.

He says he wants to lead the charge to stop school violence.

"Gone are the days of hiding under your desk for tornado warnings," he said.

"It's totally different with the threats that are out there."

"We're doing everything that we can to address the issues,” he said.

"Whether they be mental health, whether they be hard fixtures of locks and doors, security vestibules, bullet proof glass, whatever those schools are going to need, it's not cookie cutter."

The center, which also helps Texas schools create and improve emergency operation plans, plays a role in efforts to keep students and teachers safe amid increasing incidents of school violence.

The center has held a series of threat assessment workshops in the past year.