Concord Says It May Not Be Able to Afford Keeping Uniformed Officers on High School Campuses

By: Brian Shields - Mon, 07 May 2012 19:16:45 -0800

CONCORD (KRON) -- Concord school officials say having a police resource officer on campus is so valuable, it can't be measured in money.

The city of Concord says it's money woes that are behind their plan to eliminate the on-campus officers at all of the community's high schools.  

School officials say a student with mental issues needed help as recently as Monday.

"Today already we had a kid who was hospitalized with a 5150," Concord High School Principal Dr. Gary McAdams tells KRON 4's Haaziq Madyuyn.  "Without that quick help, having the officer here, it would have taken much longer to get a beat officer to take care of the situation."

McAdams says the resource officer also helps students who run into scary situations off-campus.

"Just recently last week we had a student on the way home come across someone who was trying to get her into the car," the principal added.  "As a result of her quick thinking she called 911, school resource officers in the vicinity made a stop on the individual."

City officials say reassigning the resource officers to regular patrols could save Concord $900,000 a year.  The Mt. Diablo School district says its own budget woes mean it won't be able to cover the costs of keeping the uniformed policemen and women on campus.

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