Twin Rivers police chief resigns

9:00 PM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Twin Rivers Police Chief Scott LaCosse handed in his resignation letter Wednesday.

His decision comes after the school board voted to keep the police department K9 program, which LaCosse was not part of the department's mission.

LaCosse stepped into the position to make changes after a grand jury report found widespread corruption and mismanagement with the district and the police department.

"The school police department had gotten off in some areas of conduct that were very problematic," LaCosse said.

LaCosse wanted to get rid of the K9 program to save money.

"I had told the board I had done an estimate, and that's all it was. I believe it was probably in the neighborhood of $23,000," LaCosse said.

The board decided to keep the police dog program in a 4 to 2 vote.

Board member John Dexter said he respects the vote, but he supports LaCosse's vision.

Dexter voted to get rid of the police dog program.

"For me, it was easy no emotions dollars and cents," Dexter said.

Lacosse also wanted to cut back overnight hours of the force from midnight to 6 a.m. He wanted officers to be staffed during the day for school safety and evenings only.

Urban League President David DeLuz sees Lacosse's resignation as a setback, but he's hopeful the district will go on.

"It's about keeping kids safe," DeLuz said.


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