The second largest school district in the nation will re-evaluate the role of school police on its campuses.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner assembled a nine-member task force that will present its initial recommendations to the school board in August and will finalize its report by the end of the year.
“No person should feel the presence of a safety officer on campus is an indictment of them or their character, students deserve to be heard in this topic, and their views taken into account,” said Beutner in his weekly address to the school district community.
He vowed to take a balanced look at various arguments for keeping or abolishing campus police and clarified that the school district police is not contracted through municipalities, Los Angeles Police Department, or the sheriff’s department.
“Together, we will look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma and to feel they are a respected part of their school community. We will ask hard and uncomfortable questions and come up with concrete recommendations. The goal is not to make a political statement, it’s to do the best we can for students,” he said.
Los Angeles Unified School District serves more than 600,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at more than 1,000 schools across the county.