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    I've seen some officers that work for the school district patrol around the city, on their vehicles it says School Patrol. It says that they're security officers that work with the police dept. But I was reading an old post that the District had them have Reserve Certs. as part of their training and they respond to calls related to the schools. I'm wondering what they actually do? I also heard they had their firearms taken away which sucks.

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    I'm pretty sure that they will send people to the reserve academy. But they don't really do anything anymore since they had their guns taken. They do some truancy stuff and respond to alarms, not much else.

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    • #3
      When they were armed, what did they do?

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      • #4
        Drove around, checked doors, responded to alarms.
        Now go home and get your shine box!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by charles_boty View Post
          I've seen some officers that work for the school district patrol around the city, on their vehicles it says School Patrol. It says that they're security officers that work with the police dept. But I was reading an old post that the District had them have Reserve Certs. as part of their training and they respond to calls related to the schools. I'm wondering what they actually do? I also heard they had their firearms taken away which sucks.
          I currently work for Tacoma School Patrol almost 3 years so I can Spread a little light on your questions. I was hired in May 2016 and we were indeed armed at that time and always had been. Many many years ago it was School Police and fully commissioned. That ended in the late 80's I Believe around the same time Park Police in Tacoma went away. After being hired the district sent me to the Fife Police Reserve academy in September 2016 and I graduated that in February 2017. In August of 2017 the district made the decision to Disarm school patrol. Our Union sued for violation of our contract and this is still on going. As for duties we are on Police dispatch and respond to any incidents at our schools and properties. We operate 24/7 so Day shift typically deals with transients, parent issues, non compliant students,juvenile issues, truancy. Graveyard was (before weapons were taken) more "Police type work" Burgs to our buildings(in progress and after the fact), vandalism, Trespass,Alarms, Suspicious occupied vehicles on property ect. Tacoma schools also owns part of Blueberry park which we were tasked with evicting folks living in Tents and escorting district maintenance crews for clean up. When we were armed we also participated with TPD on active shooter drills. qualified at the range 4 times a year and had our own in house training as well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by riley_nelson2013 View Post

            I currently work for Tacoma School Patrol almost 3 years so I can Spread a little light on your questions. I was hired in May 2016 and we were indeed armed at that time and always had been. Many many years ago it was School Police and fully commissioned. That ended in the late 80's I Believe around the same time Park Police in Tacoma went away. After being hired the district sent me to the Fife Police Reserve academy in September 2016 and I graduated that in February 2017. In August of 2017 the district made the decision to Disarm school patrol. Our Union sued for violation of our contract and this is still on going. As for duties we are on Police dispatch and respond to any incidents at our schools and properties. We operate 24/7 so Day shift typically deals with transients, parent issues, non compliant students,juvenile issues, truancy. Graveyard was (before weapons were taken) more "Police type work" Burgs to our buildings(in progress and after the fact), vandalism, Trespass,Alarms, Suspicious occupied vehicles on property ect. Tacoma schools also owns part of Blueberry park which we were tasked with evicting folks living in Tents and escorting district maintenance crews for clean up. When we were armed we also participated with TPD on active shooter drills. qualified at the range 4 times a year and had our own in house training as well.
            Interesting to know they were commissioned. Do you guys have a set area of patrol? How do you like the job?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by charles_boty View Post

              Interesting to know they were commissioned. Do you guys have a set area of patrol? How do you like the job?
              Yes I was a police explorer with Tacoma Police and never knew School Patrol existed or was commissioned back in the day until I got hired and one of the officers who had been around for 30 years told me. ( he just retired this summer).

              We patrol anywhere in the city of Tacoma and Fircrest since there is a couple schools in Tacoma. We are not set to the sectors that TPD has so we are free to roam the city and cover a lot of ground Tacoma has about 60 schools. Some of our duties (HR letter delivery and truancy petitions) require us to travel outside of city limits.

              I loved the job when I first started and still like certain aspects. I was 21 when I got hired so it was great being able to attend the reserve academy while being paid to gain that experience. Getting exposure to some police calls here and there was also good being that my goal is to be on with a City or County Agency in the near future and be an SRO at some point after patrol for some years. Being able to work with youth on a daily basis and building positive rapport with them and their families is a passion of mine as that not only makes the job easier when dealing with tough situations but also will help when I gain employment with Police department in this area.

              Like with anything there’s positives and negatives it’s what you make out of it. Pay is decent for the work, plenty of overtime, I doubled my take home the past two years, benefits are great, we get more vacation time then any agency around due to our wonderful union… 22 days a year now accrual starting out for a brand new officer, Not to mention we can still get comp time instead of OT pay so there’s some good perks. As mentioned though the job function has changed since the removal of the firearms. We still wear the same uniforms and gear as before until that situation concludes.

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              • #8
                Did he mention why they ended their commission? I'm also curious about their fleet.

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                • #9
                  From my understanding there was some sort of rift between the powers at be with TPD back then and the district leadership and TPD yanked the commission. Also heard of an of some officers doing things they were not supposed to be doing like traffic stops. Sounded like an accumulation of bad decision making and poor leadership on the School district side to me.

                  As for our fleet when I started in 2016 they had just purchased a brand new fleet of 7 impalas 3 years prior because what they had before were all falling apart and costing near 100,000 in repair costs. They also had one new Ford interceptor SUV which our SGT Drove. Last year in 2017 they purchased 3 additional Ford interceptor SUV's.
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                    • #11
                      Very interesting.

                      What kind of equipment are the vehicles outfitted with? Do you know the qualifications the district has for hiring?

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                      • #12
                        It’s on the website. Do some research.
                        Now go home and get your shine box!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by charles_boty View Post
                          Very interesting.

                          What kind of equipment are the vehicles outfitted with? Do you know the qualifications the district has for hiring?
                          Whelen light bars and siren box. Setina push bar and cage. When there is a open position it would be listed on the Tacoma Schools careers page under classified staff. The job posting will have current qualifications.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by riley_nelson2013 View Post

                            In August of 2017 the district made the decision to Disarm school patrol. Our Union sued for violation of our contract and this is still on going.
                            Do ya'll know if you'll be able to be armed again?

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                            • #15
                              Not likely unless theres a change in district leadership with different views or unfortunately a tragedy that forces it. PERC did finally issue a decision and they have found the district in violation of RCW 41.56.140 and ordered a cease and desist from any other changes without bargaining with the union as well as take affirmative action on some trivial things but as expected they are not ordering them to return us to status quo.

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                                Andrew_L commented
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                                Yeah, to me it doesn't make sense to wear a vest but then not have anything to defend yourself or others with. Also, are ya'll permitted to use the siren since you do have reserve training you went through EVOC. And ya'll aren't sworn leos so you don't run red & blues. I ask because I was listening to TPD dispatch on North last night and they asked for school patrol but nobody responded. So I switched to South and there was an alarm at one of the schools, but school patrol was en-route but a long way out so TPD responded.

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