Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White said the police department is in need of more officers. But Mayor Bill Benton thinks that the department should first work on filling the empty positions at the department.
At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, White presented his monthly police report, where he revealed he could use some extra help. This was brought up in light of the multiple fights that occurred at Terry High School on Nov. 12.
After White told council that Rosenberg PD school resource officers dealt with 35 incidents in the month of October, council member Isaac Davila asked if the numbers went up in November. White said he didn’t have the information on-hand.
“Would you say that we need more officers?” Davila asked. “I know with schools, we need more.
“Definitely. As I see things, with the incident that happened at Terry High School last month, we had to send patrol officers to respond. “It kind of left (the city) vulnerable and I would think that next time you ask for more officers, you should get them.”
The school resource officers are assigned to the secondary schools, but respond to 45 properties within the school district. Mayor Bill Benton reminded Davila that the department currently has six vacancies.
“That’s six (positions) that are already existing,” council member Lisa Wallingford said. “Those were already budgeted.
“(Davila is) talking about in addition to those six.”
“In addition to those six?” Benton asked. “You want (more positions)?” White said that is correct.
Of the 35 incidents that occurred in October, 13 occurred in Rosenberg schools, White said. Secondary schools located in Rosenberg are Lamar Consolidated and Terry high schools, Lamar and George junior high schools, and Wessendorff, Navarro and Wertheimer middle schools.
Incident types include assault, terroristic threat, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, and electronic transmittal visual material. Wallingford asked White to expand on the electronic transmittal visual material of a minor.
“Sexting,” White said. “It’s transmitting images from one person to the next.”
Wallingford asked if that was a nice way of saying child pornography. White explained they were inappropriate photos, but it doesn’t necessarily mean child pornography. Wallingford asked what the difference was. White said electronic transmittal visual material is inappropriate photos or pictures taken and sent without consent.
“I mean, if it’s a minor and it’s nudity, I would think it would be something else other than electronic...” Wallingford trailed off.
The next council meeting will be Dec. 17 at City Hall.