Authorities in Odessa Get a New Tool to Help Fight Crime This School Year

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The start of school is just around the corner and when Ector County ISD Police Officers head back to patrol hallways, a new high tech tool will help make their job a little easier.

"It's a non intrusive search. It's not like we are looking in pockets things like that."

The metal detector is not much bigger than a cell phone, but much quieter.

"You get with in four inches of something and its already vibrating," Lt. Mark Rowden with the ECISD Police, said.

A silent detection helps keep everyone safe.

"Since it only vibrates and doesn't make a sound it alerts us, but not necessarily the person we used it on," Rowden said.

Odessa Crime Stoppers applied for a grant with Project Safe Neighborhoods to purchase the detectors.

"To be able to detect guns easier the point of project safe neighborhoods is to go after criminals that commit crimes with guns," U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, said.

A huge improvement on current metal detectors at E.C.I.S.D.

"What we have now is big and bulky and walkthroughs this allows every officer to carry one and be able to use it on a moments notice," Rowden said.

15 other area law enforcement agencies were also recipients of the wands.

"We think it is good tech that makes their lives safer," Sutton said.

A small tool that makes a huge difference in peace of mind.

"We want to create a safe learning environment for our children and any tool that we can use, we are going to use just that," Rowden said.