Two more police officers to patrol Roseville schools
The Roseville Police Department will hire two more officers to increase the safety of students and staff at local schools.
The Roseville City Council unanimously approved the hiring at the March 6 meeting, following a lengthy discussion led by Councilwoman Bonnie Gore, who expressed concern with the cost involved. The two new youth service officers will be in addition to the three already assigned to school campuses.
“I believe the benefits of having an assigned officer at each campus is because each campus has its own individual campus with unique students, staffs, goals and programs,” said Ryan Nottleson, an officer at Woodcreek High School. “When I work 40 hours a week around the same students, I know if a student’s having a bad day, I know if a student is under the influence and I know if the behavior for that student is typical or not.”
The two additional police officer positions will cost about $320,068 the first year for salaries, benefits, uniforms and equipment, and about $130,000 for the purchase of two police vehicles. The Roseville Joint Union High School District will provide the police department with $120,000 total for the school year to help cover costs.
“We simply don’t have any officers on our staff now that we can pull out of an assignment to accomplish this,” said Police Chief Daniel Hahn.
State law places the primary responsibility for school safety planning on school districts, but in Roseville, the city and school districts have worked cooperatively for several years.
“Primarily and technically, the responsibility of safety on our campuses rests with the school district,” Hahn said. “But, in reality, quality of life in our city is our entire community’s responsibility. And one of the reasons why Roseville is such a great city … with such a high quality of life is we have tremendous schools that people want to move here to go to.”
Local school districts have been reviewing safety policies and procedures following the Dec. 14 shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. That tragedy is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.