Talk about a sign of the time.


The Judson ISD today became the first school district in Bexar County to establish its own police SWAT Team.


Police chief Teresa Ramon says it's technically not a SWAT unit, because they don't use 'Special Weapons.' But they are four highly trained officers who are the equal to anything that may happen in the sprawling district.


"This is something that has been in the back of my mind for years," Ramon says. "Not just Newtown, but Columbine, we're talking years and years of school shootings.


The Judson Emergency Response Team, as it's called, will work with local city, county, and state police units to help keep the environment on campus as safe for students, teachers, and staffers as possible.


"I don't want to be left out in the open," she said. "Seconds count."


The four Judson ISD officers have received special certification to respond to emergency situations in schools, protecting students while dealing with a situation like an active shooter or a student holding a knife on somebody.