In partnership with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Concord Mayor Tim Grayson has been meeting and working with MDUSD Board Member Cheryl Hansen to restore three (3) School Resource Officers (SRO) for Concord’s high school and middle schools.
At tonight’s City Council meeting and budget meeting (June 3, 2014), Mayor Grayson will ask the Council to approve staff coming back with a plan for the City of Concord to pay for 1.5 positions. The final vote will come before the Council by around June 23rd.
Cheryl Hansen will bring the same request to the MDUSD Board at its next meeting tomorrow June 4th – to fund the other half – 1.5 positions.
“Returning School Resource Officers to Concord campuses to protect our students is very important,” explained Mayor Tim Grayson. “Especially in light of recent violent attacks on school campuses across our nation.”
The school resource officers were cut out of the budget in 2012 because of limited resources. At that time, there were five SRO’s at Concord school campuses.
School Resource Officers work on school campuses and are responsible for heading off hate crime, bullying and clique confrontations, as well as providing intel on drug dealing, gang violence, and the detection and prevention of crimes on campus.
Through direct contact with students, SRO’s (also police officers) develop relationships with students, and serve as role models to keep kids on the straight and narrow.
In light of what happened at Sandy Hook, and recently near the UCSB campus, SROs are also tasked with investigating and protecting students from future attacks on campus.