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There is a new police chief in town. In November Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district school board members decided to name Sgt. Randy Hagler to that position. We are checking back in to see how the job is going.
Hagler has more than 30 years of experience in the police force. He is in charge of all security inside the district's nearly 160 schools. He also supervises nearly 130 employees. CMS' top cop is right now dealing with a rise in larceny cases at schools. This year more and more students are bringing their own technology to school to help them learn. Hagler explains the problem with that.
"Not all of it goes home with the person who brought it," Hagler said. We've had some larceny cases involving Ipads, cell phones, things like that - that drive some of our numbers and we are looking at ways we can slow some of that down."
Hagler says he will reach out to School Resource Officers to remind students to keep an eye on their gadgets.
"A lot of times kids leave their cell phone in their book bag," the chief said. "And the book bag is not always on their person."
Hagler comes to the position as the school district is dealing with beefing up its security on all campuses. This year the district instituted a rule that all students must wear ID badges so they can be identified. Hagler says that is not happening at all schools.
"I know that we have made the cards available to all of the schools," Hagler said. "They've been taught how to use the equipment and the system and to make the cards . I guess we have to talk to some principals to see what kind of issues they are seeing from the kids."
Also some schools now have locked entrances that can only be unlocked with key fobs.
Teachers and administrators have those special keys.
Hagler says he wants the community to know that not only is his mission to keep people safe while on campus, but to help get students across the stage to graduate.
"That's everybody's job," Hagler said. "Whether you are a school teacher or a principal or a police officer."
He thinks maybe his team can help beef up the truancy program to get kids back in school or simply talk to students and help them deal with whatever they are facing.
Hagler says so far so good in his new role. His first hire will be a Deputy Chief. He says that announcement could come as early as next month.