Cops cut from school budget

Officers reassigned to patrol duty
By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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Last week, a familiar sight around Folsom schools -- local police officers interacting with students -- was absent due to budget cuts. According to an official press release issued by the Folsom Police Department, two School Resource Officers were reassigned to patrol duty because the Folsom Cordova Unified School District couldn’t come up with the funds to continue the program. School District Superintendent Patrick Godwin said that it was a tough decision to make. “The district had to make a little more than $5 million in cuts to services,” he said. “We were forced to cut some services that we would have liked to have kept, such as the resource officer program.” The officers provided coverage to all the schools in Folsom but were based at Folsom High, which boasts 2,200 students. The officers provided intervention, counseling and mentoring of the student population in addition to investigating criminal complaints, according to the press release. Godwin said that parents needn’t worry about the safety of the students. “The schools still have campus monitors, administrators and teachers,” Godwin said. “If there was a major event, we would expect the police department to respond quickly to any emergency situation.” Folsom Police Officer Michelle Beattie said the budget cuts could hit more than the one program. “It will affect other programs at the school that involve the Police Department,” she said. “Sober Grad Night and the Every 15 Minutes (anti-drinking and driving) program will be affected.”