Calif. PD pulling officers off school campuses, unable to afford new hires

VALLEJO, Calif. - The Police Department in Vallejo is pulling…

VALLEJO, Calif. – The Police Department in Vallejo is pulling its officers off public school campuses and will quit providing security at all school events including dances, sporting events and graduations, Vallejo school officials announced Tuesday.  Because the city of Vallejo is virtually bankrupt, six school officers will be removed from their campus locations and assigned to the street because the department is not able to fill police vacancies with new hires.

School officials have agreed to fight the removal of the campus officers, for which the district pays the city about half a million dollars a year. “Our schools cannot get along without police services,” said Jason Hodge, spokesman for the Vallejo City Unified School District. “It would be devastating to the safety and security of the kids if they pulled out.”

In Vallejo’s school district of 17,000 students, more than 1,600 middle and high school students were suspended or expelled for violence, weapons or drugs last year.

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