The district will pay the Town of Hollister $ 253,650 over three years to provide policing services on and around campus to students, staff and visitors.
San Benito High School The board unanimously approved a resolution on September 14 to renew the district’s agreement with the Hollister Police Department to provide on-campus policing for three years effective October 1. Under the agreement, a police officer will serve as the School Resources Officer (SRO) to work exclusively for the district to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors to campuses and surrounding areas, and to work in cooperation to reduce the frequency of violence, gang crime and drug-related activity.
Hollister Police Chief Carlos Reynoso said the previous contract has expired and the new agreement will continue the program in high school.
BenitoLink has confirmed that neither the HPD nor the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department provide ORS to other schools in the city or to any schools outside of Hollister, including Anzar High School.
“The Hollister Police Department has had a successful ORS program with the high school for several years and we look forward to continuing the partnership,” he said. “We think it is a positive program to have an officer on campus who not only takes care of any required reports, but also helps ensure the overall safety of students, of the campus and serves as a resource for our school community. .“
Reynoso said the required reports will include crimes that occur on school property, including vandalism, theft, burglary, assaults and fights, trespassing in minor offenses and crimes or any incident the school wishes to document.
“Our SRO will only document law enforcement matters,” he said. “All other issues are documented by school staff as part of their internal disciplinary policy. ”
Under the agreement, the SRO will serve the district exclusively, unless there is an extreme emergency elsewhere. The ORS will be chosen by Reynoso in consultation with SBHS Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum and will serve at least one year.
“I look forward to our continued partnership with the Hollister Police Department and law enforcement in general,” Tennenbaum said.
The district will provide the Town of Hollister with $ 253,650 over three years. The amount is approximately half the cost of a police officer’s salary and benefits, excluding overtime expenses. Payments of $ 42,275 no later than December 1 and June 1 of each of the three years.
“ORSs receive additional training that involves familiarizing themselves with the California Education Code and attending an annual conference and training for statewide SROs (California School Resource Officers’ Association),” said Reynoso.
Reynoso added that the Hollister School District canceled ORS program for primary schools in July 2020. “[Former HSD superintendent] Diego Ochoa claimed it was because of COVID and financial issues. We no longer discussed this with the acting or current superintendent, ”he said.
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