This article is part of a collection related to the TXDF School Officer Program.  If this article is confusing, you may benefit from reviewing the School Officer Program Introduction.

In today's rapidly changing world, ensuring the safety of our schools is of paramount importance. Texas Defense Force Security (TXDF) recognizes this need and has developed an innovative program that addresses the challenges of cost and resource allocation in school security. The School Officer Program, a groundbreaking initiative, leverages the power of community involvement and volunteerism to provide comprehensive security coverage at a fraction of the cost of traditional non-volunteer solutions. Our cost layout is detailed here.

The Mandates of Texas HB3 and the Funding It Provides

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The School Officer Program is a strategic response to Texas HB3, a law that mandates armed security on every Texas school campus from kindergarten through 12th grade. This groundbreaking legislation provides funding for school security, but the School Officer Program takes it a step further by maximizing the utilization of these funds in an efficient and community-oriented manner.

The Innovative Solution: The School Officer Program

The School Officer Program brings together the resources of Texas Defense Force Security and the passion and commitment of parents to create a unique and effective school security solution. By involving parents as volunteers, the program ensures a steady supply of dedicated individuals who are deeply invested in the safety of their children's schools. This model exemplifies Texans protecting Texans at its finest.

Cost Layout and Comparison to Non-Volunteer Solutions

Cost Layout of the School Officer Program

The School Officer Program offers an affordable alternative to non-volunteer solutions. Let's delve into the breakdown of the cost components:

Volunteer Security Officer Costs

The program incurs bi-annual costs for volunteer security officers. Please refer to the table below for a detailed breakdown:

Initial Cost Component Amount
Level 3 & Level 4 Instruction $300
Licensing Fees $180
MMPI $200
Insurance $150
Duty Equipment $1000
Program Administration $700
TXDF Administration Per Officer/Annual Amount
Communications $800
Advertising $100
Training/Facilities $200
Management/CE Trainers $800

Note: Some costs incurred by security officers, such as licensing fees, are valid for a period of two years, reducing the overall cost per volunteer over time. MMPI testing is a one-time expense.  With this consideration, the cost layout enables a school district to train and equip approximately 20 volunteers for the price of one paid security officer over a two-year period.

Paid Security Officer Salary

In contrast to the volunteer costs of the School Officer Program, hiring a full-time paid security officer would incur an annual salary expense. The average salary for a paid security officer is approximately $40,000 per year.

Comparison to Non-Volunteer Solutions

When comparing the cost layout of the School Officer Program with non-volunteer solutions, the advantages become evident. Non-volunteer solutions often require significant financial investments for hiring, training, salaries, benefits, and ongoing maintenance, which can strain the budgets of school districts. In contrast, the School Officer Program, with its cost-effective volunteer-based approach, offers a viable solution that taps into the community's collective strength and dedication.

Community Benefits and Involvement

Community Involvement

The School Officer Program not only provides a cost-effective security solution but also fosters a sense of community involvement and ownership. By engaging parents as volunteers, the program strengthens the bond between the school and its community. Volunteer officers bring their unique insights, experiences, and dedication to the program, creating a safer and more supportive environment for both students and staff.


The School Officer Program exemplifies the power of community-driven solutions in addressing the challenges of school security. By leveraging the resources of Texas Defense Force Security and the commitment of parent volunteers, the program offers a cost-effective alternative to non-volunteer solutions. The volunteer security officer costs, as displayed in the table, clearly demonstrate the affordability of the program. For the cost of one paid security officer, the School Officer Program allows a school district to train and equip approximately 20 volunteers over a two-year period. It not only enhances school safety but also strengthens the relationship between schools and their communities. With the School Officer Program, Texas Defense Force Security continues its mission of protecting Texans while promoting a sense of collective responsibility for our schools' well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The School Officer Program is an innovative initiative by Texas Defense Force Security that utilizes community volunteers to enhance school security.

The School Officer Program offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional paid security officers, leveraging parent volunteers to achieve comprehensive security coverage.

Volunteer security officer costs include training, licensing fees, psychological testing, insurance, duty equipment, and program administration, as outlined in our cost breakdown.

The School Officer Program allows a school district to train and equip approximately 20 volunteers over a two-year period for the cost of one paid security officer.

Yes, by involving parents, the program fosters a stronger sense of community involvement, ownership, and dedication to ensuring the safety of children's schools.

The School Officer Program goes beyond the mandates of Texas HB3 by maximizing funding utilization, efficiently addressing armed security requirements, and promoting community-oriented solutions.

Yes, the program can be tailored to accommodate the unique requirements of different school districts, ensuring a personalized and effective security solution.

By providing comprehensive security coverage at a fraction of the cost, the program enhances school safety and creates a supportive environment for students and staff.

Absolutely! The cost layout of the program offers a significant cost advantage over hiring and maintaining paid security officers, making it an ideal solution for budget-conscious districts.

Schools interested in implementing the School Officer Program should contact Texas Defense Force Security to explore the possibilities and discuss the specific needs of their district.