ST. LANDRY PARISH (KLFY) – Students are scheduled to return to the classrooms next week and school safety is still the number one priority on official’s minds.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz is taking action and moving forward with a school safety program. His first step being, hiring a school safety coordinator. “He volunteered himself to us at our fire range training,” Guidroz explains.

Tom Kimrey, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department in California, with over 31 years of service, is now leading the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office school safety program as school safety coordinator. Guidroz says Kimrey, with over 31 years of service, will talk with students, staff, bus drivers, keeping us apprised of what’s going on and what needs to be fixed.

Due to the lack of school resources officers within the parish, Kimrey’s duties will expand. “He is going to try and pick up slack in the elementary schools,” Guidroz says.

Sheriff Guidroz says although the new hire comes at a perfect time, his office was already preparing for the start of school. He says their training has been stepped up and he’s impressed how their safety program is coming together. He says his office is focused on being proactive rather than reactive. Guidroz explains, “They are prepared. I’m gaining some knowledge here in Florida that I’m going to share with them.”