New contract could mean changing roles for police in St. Paul schools
Advocates hope a new contract between St. Paul’s police department and public school district will bring a gentler, more lenient approach to law enforcement in city high schools.
The school district has been paying $854,000 a year — and the city $100,000 — for the services of nine school resource officers. That contract expired in June, and the school district has delayed a vote on a new one in order to establish a new set of expectations for the officers’ work.
Jackie Turner, chief engagement officer for the school district, said the district wants to consult with stakeholders and then work with police on a memorandum of understanding that will accompany the contract.