Taft PD is down two officers, so TC's school resource officer will rturn to patrol duty
Taft Police Department is going to stop providing a school resource officer to Taft College.
The Taft PD's patrol staff is down two officers and Chief of Police Ed Whiting is asking the Taft City Council to terminate the contract with the college.
In a staff report to the council, Whiting said one patrol officer left the department to take another job, and a second officer is off on disability.
"We are shorthanded on patrol," Whiting said, and after meeting with City Manager Craig Jones and City Attorney Jason Epperson, the City is going to end the contract at the end of January. The change will be permanent, Whiting said.
"I feel it is in the City's best interest to terminate the contract with the West Kern
Community College District," Whiting wrote in the staff report. "The contract allows for a 30 day notice of intent to terminate. I have spoken to The West Kern Community College President (Dr. Deb Daniels) and she is requesting the officer stay until the end of January, if possible.
The letter is included in the consent agenda for Tuesday night's Taft City Council meeting and will be voted on by the council.
Earlier this year, the contract between the Taft Police Department and Taft Union High School was not renewed when contract language indemnifying the City against lawsuits was rejected by the TUHSD's legal representative.