|Due to the City of Chula Vista's budget reduction plan, the Police Department's School Resource Officer Program (SRO) was going to be completely eliminated. However, Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano announced today that many of the SROs will be reinstated. The Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) and the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) have agreed to continue their current SRO funding through this current fiscal year and committed to continue supporting the program through the 2011- 2012 fiscal year. Combined with a new state grant, the funding will subsidize eight School Resource Officers and one School Resource Sergeant. Despite some cuts, this will enable the Police Department to continue to provide this viable program.
"This is great news for our schools, students and our officers. The funding shows we all have a collective goal of keeping our schools safe," said Police Chief David Bejarano.
The SRO Program serves 90 public and private schools in Chula Vista. Last year, the SROs responded to more than 2,000 calls for service from local schools. The program assigns dedicated officers to secure and protect school facilities. They serve a proactive presence on school campuses and are dedicated law enforcement resources for each school.
"This program benefits our students and school staff," said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. "As a community we should all be working together to make our city a safe place, and our schools should be the most secure public zones."