CA Schools Chief: Officers Needed on Some Campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s top schools official says he is working to re-imagine the role of police officers at the state’s 10,000 public schools.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said Wednesday that some schools would still need officers on campus to protect students from serious dangers, including shootings or bomb threats.

Thurmond, the state’s only statewide elected official who is Black, says police officers wouldn’t be assigned to campuses and instead would have the choice of working at a school and will be trained on implicit bias.

The Oakland school board voted Wednesday night to eliminate its school police force.