Burbank students won’t be seeing three more cops on campus next year, as the Burbank City Council on Tuesday voted to decline a partial grant — which came with a steep local match — to fund the three school resource officer positions for three years.
The federal grant would have provided the city with $375,000 over a three-year period for the three positions, but came with a price tag of $1.2 million, which included the city’s commitment to fully fund the police officers during the fourth year. Currently, the department employs one school resource officer, who mostly focuses on the city’s high schools.
The council declined the grant in a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Jess Talamantes being the sole dissenter.
“I’m actually disappointed, I wish we could’ve utilized the grants,” said Councilman David Gordon. “The reality of situation has been pointed out and discussed, and is that it is not really affordable for us in this context.”