Fremont Unified Will Cut Ties With Campus Police
The Fremont Unified School Board voted 3-2 to end its school resource officer program. That means officers from the Fremont Police Department will no longer have a presence on campus as they have since 1998.
Fremont Unified, like many other schools, began examining the issue of school policing after the death of George Floyd. A task force was assigned to look into the matter. It recommended that the district discontinue the program and support “increased mental health support, implementing restorative justice, and other proactive and preventative approaches as alternatives to law enforcement."
Police Chief Kimberly Petersen said it shouldn’t be an “either, or proposition” and urged the Board to reconsider.
“Our schools and our children need both safety and they need mental health support. But safety has to be the number one priority, always."