City of Topeka and Topeka 501 settle on plan for School Resource Officers

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The City of Topeka and the Topeka School District 501 came to terms late Thursday evening over a plan to keep some School Resource Officers in Topeka schools through 2016.

For two days the district and city had been fighting a public relations war over new Topeka  Police Chief James Brown’s decision to take some of those officers back in order to put more police on the street.

In a joint news release Thursday night the two agree that the Topeka Police Department will provide 10 Officers for SRO duty for the remainder of this school year to bolster the district’s own security staff. However for the 2015-16 school year the department will only supply seven officers.

If the district wants to maintain its current security staffing level, it would have to find the additional resources to pay for those three positions itself.

“We are pleased to continue this vital partnership in a way that enables us to get more police officers on Topeka streets,” said Brown in the announcement. “This resolution balances the needs of the school district with the needs of the community as a whole. We look forward to increasing safety in our city and our schools, and strengthening our partnership with USD 501″.

Participating in the Thursday night meeting were Brown, City Manager Jim Colson, City Attorney Chad Sublet, School Board Vice President Dr. Peg McCarthy, Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford, Deputy Superintendent Larry Robbins and Campus Police Chief Ron Brown.”

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