Community officer program expansion plan headed to Oceanside City Council


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OsideNewsThe number of Oceanside Police Department community service officers could grow from four to 32 under a plan that the City Council is set to take up in June.

The proposal is among public safety improvements that are moving forward in Oceanside with revenue from Measure X, a 1/2 cent sales tax approved by city voters in 2018.

Expansion of the non-sworn Community Service Officer Program is expected to be considered by the City Council after it was recently approved by the Measure X Citizen Oversight Committee, according to a city update.

Community service officers assist police by responding to and investigating lower-priority service calls.

“This allows police to remain available to answer emergency calls and have more time for proactive enforcement,” according to the city’s Measure X update. “The program is designed to create a pipeline of future police officers, dispatchers, forensic technicians, and analysts.”

Revenue from the 1/2 cent tax goes toward funding public safety and infrastructure in addition to addressing homelessness issues.

Measure X funds are going to the construction of a training tower for the Oceanside Fire Department, according to the city. The tower, expected to be completed during the summer, will have state-of-the-art technology for firefighters to train on realistic structural and rescue scenarios. It will also allow for regional training opportunities.

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