COSTA MESA — With the school district unable to fund its half of two campus officers' salaries, the City Council on Tuesday approved returning the officers to Police Department at a $172,371 cost.
The officers, who will leave TeWinkle Middle School and several elementary schools, will help with routine patrol or traffic duties left by the three police officer positions eliminated earlier this year, Police Chief Chris Shawkey said.
The Newport-Mesa school district paid $172,371 to fund half of the officers' combined $344,742 in salaries. The council voted unanimously.
There will still be campus police officers, called student resource officers, at Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools. They will also take duties at the city's middle and elementary schools, city officials said.