Benicia Schools Could Get More Police Protection

The Benicia Unified School District Board of Education will discuss spending $150,000 to increase the hours of the district's school resource officers.

Benicia students could have extra police protection starting next fall.

Currently, Benicia's two school resource officers work four days a week and are funded exclusively by the police department. This week the Benicia Unified School District will explore splitting the cost with the police department to increase those officers' schedules to five days a week.

The officers' current schedule "leaves each campus vulnerable and without an on-site SRO one day per week or collectively, two days per week," Benicia Police Chief Andrew Bidou wrote in a letter to Superintendent Janice Adams. "This equates to approximately 80 missed school days per year."

Bidou argues that because the city has spent more than $4 million funding the school resource officers since the program began in 1993 and because the district will soon receive increased funding because of the passage of Proposition 30, the two agencies should split the cost of increasing the school cops' hours.

Adding a day to the school resource officers' schedules would cost the school district $150,000 per fiscal year.

The school board will discuss the issue Thursday, and district staff are recommending the board approves the expenditure.


Benicia Unified School District Board of Education meeting
7 p.m. Thursday, March 7
350 East K Street 

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Babaloo March 04, 2013 at 07:19 PM
We will still have issues because somehow " problems" keep migrating here from Vallejo, Crocket, Fairfield. Where ever . We have problem children of our own and if you think you don't your wrong. Welcome more Police, I welcome security at the schools. Keep the kids safe.
MD March 05, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I agree. Benicia has more than its fair share of troublemakers. It's not always "Better in Benicia". Stuffier, but not that much better. Keep your heads in the clouds, Benicians...
Gretchen Burgess March 05, 2013 at 09:25 PM
I've been in town and went to school in Benicia, back when we were still the Boonies and each of us knew were everyone lived, in town I might add. And even then there were plenty of problems both on and off campus. When it comes to finding trouble, Benicia's teens and tweenies are more than capable of holding their own. Kids need boundaries and there isn't anyone better to do the job than BPD. Glad to hear that BUSD is stepping up and helping BPD out.
Jay P March 06, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Just think of all the money the city could pull in from ticket fines levied against the parents of Matthew Turner students that can't read (Right Turn Only means no left turn) and who park in the middle of a cross walk to unload their children. I guess the sense of entitlement allows them to behave this way......... because it's better in Benicia.


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