The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Civilian Oversight Commission will host a series of virtual public discussions on the department’s School Resource Deputy program.
“In recent years, high profile use of force incidents and several reports indicating racial profiling of students raises concerns about the presence of deputies in schools. We’ll bring together experts to discuss how the program began, the purpose and protocols, and areas for improvements,” according to a news release by the LASD Civilian Oversight Commission.
A teenage girl was allegedly body-slammed and called an “animal” by a deputy working as a school resource officer at Lancaster High School in 2021. The girl is now suing the county, the Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Daniel Acquilano and the Antelope Valley Union High School District. [Read more here.]
The schedule for the Civilian Oversight Commission’s virtual conference series titled “Deputies in Schools” is outlined below:
Session 1: Deputies in Schools: Background & Overview
- Thursday, July 27
- 9 to 10:30 a.m.
- Speakers: Mourad Kabanjian, Sergeant, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Kelly Fischer, Deputy Director, Office of Violence Prevention; Raquel Derfler, Co-Chair or Cancel the Contract; and Dara Williams, Chief Deputy, Office of Inspector General.
- Register here. When your registration is approved, you’ll receive an invitation to join the webinar.
Session 2: Deputies in Schools: Balancing Safety & Equity
- Monday, July 31
- This session will dive into the goals and obstacles of balancing safety and equity while deputies are in schools. While School Resource Deputies are tasked to ensure school safety, there is debate about the impact of engagement these officers have with students.
- Register here or call 213-306-3065 and enter access code: 2538 262 8261.
Session 3: Deputies in Schools: Ensuring Outcomes & Accountability
- Thursday, Aug. 3
- 9 to 10 a.m.
- This panel will highlight the goals of school security and how districts, schools, parents, and students can work toward improved outcomes for student and ensuring accountability for all.
- Register here or call 213-306-3065 and enter access code: 2538 893 5740
Submit written public comment
In addition to a live question and answer periods following speaker remarks, community members may submit written comments online by August 7. To submit comments in writing click here.
[Information via news release from the Civilian Oversight Commission.]