San Diego Unified District to Get Rid of School Police?

During its October 26th meeting, the San Diego Unified School District board discussed the future of the district's police force following the most recent school-budget crisis.

"Our number-one mission is safe schools," schools chief of police Donald Braun told boardmembers and parents. Braun said that the school police receive 48 calls a day requiring their immediate attention; in contrast, he said the San Diego Police Department must prioritize 1813 calls every day.

A concerned parent spoke during public testimony: "In these times of increased terrorist threats, experts say it is not a matter of if, but when another school shooting will occur. If you vote to eliminate or reduce school-police forces, there will come a day in the future when lives are wasted waiting for police."

"We are in dire straits, financially," said boardmember John Lee Evans. “If you don't cut the police force, who will you cut?”

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