Frequently Asked Questions
- "DO SCHOOL POLICE OFFICERS HAVE THE SAME AUTHORITY AS CITY POLICE OFFICERS?"
SAUSD Police Officers have full police authority anywhere in the State of California. SAUSD Police Officers get their peace officer status from California Penal Code, Section 830.32(b). All police officers have undergone testing and continued professional updates as mandated by POST (Peace Officers Standards in Training). Our department and its officers must maintain training to remain certified by the State of California.
- "WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CRIME ON CAMPUSES?"
Theft is the most common type of crime. Almost daily, someone leaves a valuable item unattended when they go to the lunchroom, to an adjoining classroom, to get a cup of coffee, or to make a phone call. Upon their return, the item is gone. Theft can be prevented. Please do not leave anything of value unattended. Not all persons attending schools or visiting our facilities are there for an education. If you see anyone suspicious, promptly call the SAUSD Police Department at (714) 558-5535.
- "I SEE SAUSD POLICE OFFICERS WRITING TICKETS; DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME A TICKET?"
SAUSD Police Officers respond to complaints regarding parking violations at schools and district facilities. To avoid being cited, please park only in parking stalls that are not marked "reserved" for staff and district employees. Our officers issue parking citations to gain compliance with state laws, municipal laws and district regulations. In addition to our officers enforcing parking laws and regulations, SAUSD Police Officers will issue parking citations for parking in red/fire lanes, No Parking zones and handicapped parking spaces at schools and district facilities, 24 hours a day.
- "DO SAUSD POLICE OFFICERS ISSUE TRAFFIC CITATIONS?"
Traffic safety is a leading concern, surrounding student safety while traveling to and from schools and district programs. Our police officers may stop traffic violators and issue warnings or citations. SAUSD Police Officers may also stop and issue citations to motorists who violate the school bus flashing red light cross-over on any public or private roadway. On occasion, our officers will stop motorists away from district property and issue citations to drivers who operate a vehicle in a negligent manner.