Police officer for local schools

THE WESTMINSTER Police Department building. (File photo).

An agreement to provide a full-time police school resource officer for public schools in Westminster tops the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

Before the council will be a cooperative agreement between the city and the Garden Grove Unified School District to provide an “SRO” to serve the campuses of La Quinta High School and McGarvin Intemediate School.

Although they are located in Westminster, they are within the boundaries of the GGUSD.

According to the staff report, the presence of a SRO “contributes to a reduction in crime, gang activity, discipline issues, bullying abatement and an overall increase in safety.”

The annual cost is $214,000, of which 76 percent will paid by the GGUSD and the city the rest. It would add one sworn officer to the WPD.

Also on the agenda for the council is a special event permit application to hold a memorial ceremony for former South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park on Sunday. Nov. 6.

Diem served as president of the Republic of (South) Vietnam from 1955 to 1963 when he was assassinated during a coup d’tat which led to a succession of military governments until the 1967 election elevated Nguyen Van Thieu to the presidency.

The city council will meet in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. for a closed session at 6 p.m. and an open session at 7 p.m.

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