Denver school board votes unanimously to pull police out of schools, citing "systemic racism"

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 13th, 2020 1:53 pm

The Denver school board voted unanimously this week to remove police officers from all public schools by this time next year to "fulfill its responsibility for undoing the systemic racism that Black children and children of color face."

On Thursday, the Board of Education submitted a resolution terminating its $720,000 contract with the DPD, which provided 18 officers to schools last year, the nonprofit organization Chalkbeat reported.

"DPS is deeply committed to affirming the lives of our students and has been changing our institutional culture to align with that commitment and undo the normalization of inferiority and bias," the district wrote.

Denver Public Schools asked the police department to "reduce the number of school resource officers" in its districts by 25% by December 31, 2019. The remaining officers must be removed by June 4, 2021.

The district will now rely solely on private security officers for protection of its students.

DPS said it plans to use the funds from the DPD contract to increase the number of "school-based social workers, psychologists, restorative justice practitioners, or other mental or behavioral health professionals."


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