Miller Grove Independent School District earlier this month received notification that the school’s application to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to establish its own police department has been approved.
To make the measure official, school security officer Jim Bayuk was officially sworn in as the police chief of MGISD Police Department, during the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.
“We are excited to have him on board,” said MGISD Superintendent Steve Johnson following Bayuk’s swearing in.
Paperwork was signed Monday night and is being submitted for approval to have Bayuk’s commission transferred from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office to MGISD PD, according to Johnson.
Johnson mailed the request to become a department in August. While MGISD had officers from the sheriff’s office to serve as a security officer during the last school year, having their own department and chief would provide the consistency of having the same officer on campus.
Bayuk, who has served as a security officer at the school this school year, is neither a stranger to MGISD nor to the inner-workings of a school police department. He lives in the community, and his grandchildren attend school at the Grove. Previously, he served as police chief of Sulphur Springs ISD after his retirement from Sulphur Springs Police Department in 2014 until this school year.
Bayuk brings 35 years of law enforcement to the job. He was a member of SSPD from 1995 until 2014, working his way up to police chief. He started his career in 1983. Other assignments have included Fort Worth and Euless Police departments and Titus County as a member of a drug task force. While working at SSPD, Bayuk is a master peace officer and has attained numerous trainings, including being selected to attend the 209th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
MGISD was one of two local schools to apply this year to establish their own campus police department. Cumby ISD also applied.
Sulphur Springs ISD, Saltillo ISD and Como-Pickton Consolidated ISD already have their own campus police departments.
North Hopkins ISD and Sulphur Bluff ISD utilize off-duty sheriff’s deputies to fill the role of school security officers. The school board at each district also gave approval for school guardians, certain designated and approved staff who are permitted to have a firearm on campus.