10 Council Approve Contract with Merced Union High School District to Hire Full-Time School Resources Officer (SRO).

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Meeting Date: November 15, 2016

STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Council Approve Contract with Merced Union High School District to Hire Full-Time School Resource Officer (SRO).

MEETING DATE: November 15, 2016

PREPARED BY: Ruben Chavez, Chief of Police

REVIEWED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that the City Council approve an amended contract with the Merced Union High School District to hire a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) to staff Livingston High School.

BACKGROUND:

The Livingston City Council approved the new classification of full-time School Resource Officer on June 4, 2014 when Livingston Middle School staffed a grant position with the county. The department has been approached by the Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) to hire a full-time officer at the school.

The current staffing model has been for the SROs at the high school to be staffed with retired police officers who work between 16 to 24 hours per week to combine coverage for the entire school week and additionally during special events such as football games. Part time employees avoid the costs of benefits; however, as we have experienced, can be difficult to replace if they are no longer available to work.

The wages for the SROs are currently paid by the school district. The MUHSD would continue to fund a police officer on campus. In essence the school district would like to amend the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Livingston to continue providing police services to the District; however, the contract would cover an officer on a full-time basis.

DISCUSSION:

The job classification for school resources officer was approved on June 4, 2014 and outlines the responsibilities of an officer assigned to the schools in the City. The MUHSD would like to bring the current contact with the City of Livingston up to the same agreement as it has with the City of Merced when contracting for a school resource officer. An officer is assigned full-time in all other high schools in the district, with the exception of Livingston High School.

The school district agrees to cover the wages for such position and understands the pay scale is the same as that of a full-time officer with the City. The MUHSD will also contribute 10% of the costs towards a new police car as both police cars assigned to the schools are outdated arid in need of replacement, albeit they are not driven very often.

This is a five year contract which will cover the costs to employ one officer at top step and includes benefits. The annual staffing costs are $95,437.00 with an additional $1,000.00 to cover overtime. This will cover the officer working after hours such as sporting events and graduations. The officer may also work a flexible schedule to eliminate any overtime costs.

The primary role of the school resource officer is to provide a safe school environment while at the same time being a role model for the students. This position will also be responsible to assist in the coordination of Police Explorer activities.

FISCAL IMPACT:

There will be minimal impact to the Police Department budget. Extra staff work will be required to complete bi-annual wage reimbursement requests to the District. The classification for this position falls under the same Master Salary Schedule as for police officer. The same wage incentives are included such as college degrees and bilingual pay.

In addition, the District agrees to contribute a lump sum of $5,000.00 towards the purchase of a new police vehicle and up to $2,000.00 annually for the vehicle’s maintenance. The City understands that extra training may be required for this classification and will cover any training costs as deemed appropriate.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. Memorandum of Agreement between the Merced Union High School District and the City of Livingston

2. School Resource Officer Job Description

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