New Database Sheds Light on School 911 Calls

How often do schools place calls to local police? Which schools are most likely to call? And what kind of incidents are the cops most often responding to?

All of these questions and more are answered in a first-of-its-kind investigative series conducted by EdSource.org. Through public records requests, the website was able to review 46,000 incident logs documenting calls to police from around 852 schools in California. 

Below are some of the highlights from EdSource’s findings. Be sure to check out the full report here

Highlights from the EdSource Database:

  • 164 police departments received calls for assistance from schools.
  • Three out of ten calls were serious and over one-third involved violence.
  • Over 1% of calls to police involved possession of a weapon. 
  • Weed High School in Siskiyou County had the highest rate of police calls (77 per 100 students).
  • Liberty Middle School in Lemoore had the highest rate of serious incidents (12 per 100 students).
  • Among schools with over 500 students, the highest rate of calls for fighting or assault occurred at Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School in Fresno.
  • Among schools with over 500 students, Bakersfield High School had the highest number of sexual incidents. Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto had the highest rate.

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