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Funding Sought To Address SRO Loss

By Sondra Murphy

Ojai Police Chief Chris Dunn has come up with a strategy to enable the city to fund an officer to help fill the gap expected this summer with the loss of the school resource officer. The latter is a special position to serve the needs of school incidents that Ojai Unified School District must cut from its budget. The issue was presented to the Ojai City Council last week and the members unanimously supported applying for a grant allocation.
The city of Ojai is eligible to receive Citizens Option for Public Safety grant money for law enforcement purposes. Dunn estimated the amount would total about $100,000 and recommended the city use the allocation to fund a sheriff’s service technician position and special enforcement unit.
C.O.P.S. is a permanent, ongoing program, but cities must apply for the funds each fiscal year. Dunn reported the state controller apportions funds to each county every September, which are, in turn, allocated to cities in October. Ojai has already established a Special Law Enforcement Services Fund for depositing money the county uses to supplement its front-line municipal police services.
Dunn said that the city has accessed C.O.P.S. grants since 1996 for various law enforcement supplements, a portion of which has been used for the city’s contribution to the SRO, as well as a civilian report writer, Police Activities League officer, bicycle officer and traffic safety program.
Dunn said two things could be funded from the $100,000 C.O.P.S. grant. A

Ojai Police Chief Chris Dunn has come up with a strategy to enable the city to fund an officer to help fill the gap expected this summer with the loss of the school resource officer. The latter is a special position to serve the needs of school incidents that Ojai Unified School District must cut from its budget. The issue was presented to the Ojai City Council last week and the members unanimously supported applying for a grant allocation. The city of Ojai is eligible to receive Citizens Option for Public Safety grant money for law enforcement

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