Palo Alto, CA Police Bring Back Patrol Community Service Officers

The Palo Alto Police Department has brought patrol Community Service Officers back to its team after the position was dropped during budget cuts more than ten years ago, police said Tuesday.

The officers are not armed or sworn into the department and cannot make traffic stops or arrest individuals, but are trained to control traffic, maintain a presence at schools and respond to non-emergency reports.

They will also make community presentations with officers, conduct neighborhood outreach and collect evidence in cases.

The officers went through a training program for several weeks and police will oversee the program for one year to test its effectiveness.