I’m at the OUSD school board meeting now, and interim superintendent Roberta Mayor has told the audience that the district will discontinue its $1 million annual contract with OPD to save money. (It still has about $29 million in cuts to go, based on Arnold’s latest budget proposal.)
I caught Mayor during a break and asked for a few more details. She said about 8-10 OPD officers work at the schools right now, and that the district could no longer afford OPD’s services as well as its own police force.
You might recall that OUSD re-started its separate police force about two years ago, after illegally shutting it down in 2001. Mayor said the department should have nine or 10 officers by the end of the school year. And, hopefully, a new police chief.
Do you think OUSDPD ready to take over?
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