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Sun Nov 7, 2021, 08:20 PM

 

Pomona defunded school police. But after a shooting, campus officers are coming back

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-05/pomona-schools-defunded-police-a-shooting-brings-them-back


Just four months ago, community activists celebrated a milestone decision in the Pomona Unified School District: The Board of Education defunded school police, removed officers from high schools, and brought in proctors trained to de-escalate tensions. But prompted in part by a recent shooting near a campus, the board has reversed course and brought back police, saying that student safety is paramount.

The unanimous vote during the Oct. 27 school board meeting came after a shooting near Pomona High School left a 12-year-old injured by broken glass and debris. The pressure from activists that led the board to eliminate funding for police and reimagine school safety in June gave way to new pressures from those who believe that the Pomona Police Department plays a crucial role in keeping schools safe.

“An incident such as this drives us, as leaders, to examine our practices and our protocols in caring for students and staff in regards to mental health, conflict mediation, emergency procedures, communication facilities and safety,” Supt. Richard Martinez said during an Oct. 20 meeting after the shooting.

The Pomona school board is not alone in its angst over school safety policies and policing that emerged after nationwide protests over the killing of Black people by police officers and evidence that police disproportionately target Black and Latino students. The Fremont Unified School District last November voted to discontinue its school resource officer program, only to restore the program by May.


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You can't learn in an unsafe environment. While not all schools need resource officers those that do should certainly have the option and funding available.

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Reply Pomona defunded school police. But after a shooting, campus officers are coming back (Original post)
cinematicdiversions Nov 2021 OP
Phoenix61 Nov 2021 #1
WhiskeyGrinder Nov 2021 #3
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tenderfoot Nov 2021 #4
LiberalFighter Nov 2021 #5

Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Sun Nov 7, 2021, 08:32 PM

1. An officer isn't going to prevent anything.

The biggest impact will be more students will be arrested for behavior problems.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 7, 2021, 08:48 PM

3. Exactly.

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Sun Nov 7, 2021, 08:47 PM

2. The shooting was Oct. 15, happened after school, and involved someone shooting at an "unknown

target" from a car. Cops still haven't found the person who did it. What could they have done to prevent it?

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Sun Nov 7, 2021, 08:50 PM

4. "a recent shooting near a campus"

So are the officers going to be posted near campus?

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Sun Nov 7, 2021, 09:23 PM

5. School must not teach sense.

Never had police in our schools in the early 70s.

High school it was vice principal and others managing students. Had over 500 in my class.

If police were run properly they would be patrolling the area on regular rounds and be just a few minutes distance.

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