Argyle ISD hires additional police staff

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Police Captain Paul Cairney took to his first day with Argyle Independent School District under the Friday Night Lights.

He was officially on duty as the Argyle Eagles hosted the Celina Bobcats last Friday.

Recently hired as a part-time officer for the district, Cairney has a strong military background with over 20 years of experience as an active duty Air Force Officer in Security and Law Enforcement.

After retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2013, he and his wife decided to settle in the Argyle community.

Cairney says his prime and utmost concern will be safety of the district’s public.

“It is prevention that is necessary,” Cairney said. “We want to provide a safe environment for the students, faculty and families. We also want to be available to assist with any emergencies and keep our events fun and safe.”

Argyle ISD currently has one full-time on duty officer, Police Chief Ralph Price.

Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright says additional police presence, especially at sporting events, was a necessity.

“We’ve always had four to six officers at football games and two at basketball,” Dr. Wright said. “This is an opportunity to have consistency at the games and have the same person working with  Chief Price.”

When asked about what he is looking forward to the most with his time at Argyle ISD, Cairney says he hopes his service will make a long-term impact.

“The biggest reward will be to see families happy with a thriving sense of spirit and camaraderie in our community, where our folks don’t have to worry about their safety,” Cairney said.

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