Mayor Bill Benton said he wants to do whatever he can to protect the citizens of Rosenberg. And in doing so, that means ending a 22-year agreement the police department has with Lamar Consolidated ISD.
At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members voted to authorize the delivery of a formal written notice of the termination of the agreement for school resource officers for LCISD.
The agreement originally started in 1998 through a grant program with the Department of Justice. It eventually worked into a contract that turned into its own division outside of Rosenberg police.
“We’re giving the school district an 18-month notice that the city will no longer provide police services for the school district,” Benton told The Herald Friday. “School resource officers are city employees and the city will do its best to absorb them to the regular police force. “My guess is the school district will create their own department and many of those officers may wish to be employed with the district rather than with us. That’s not to say we don’t want them.”
According to RPD, LCISD fully reimburses Rosenberg PD the salaries for the dozen and a half officers who work under the agreement, as well as for the vehicles that are used. The officers are assigned to the secondary schools, but respond to 45 properties within the school district.
There are over 32,000 students who attend the schools that make up LCISD.
“The obligation to the city has gotten so large because of the massive growth of LCISD,” Benton continued. “We have to look out for the best interest of our citizens of Rosenberg. And LCISD has to look out for the best interest of their students. “The city will continue to assist the district wherever possible even after the agreement is terminated.”
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Feb. 4 at City Hall. This item will also be discussed at the February LCISD board meeting, slated for Feb. 20.