Bridgeport Board of Education meets to discuss partnership with police department

BRIDGEPORT - A subcommittee of the Bridgeport Board of Education met Wednesday evening to discuss whether the district should continue a partnership with the city's police department or have private security guards.

Bridgeport police officers have been assigned to patrol city schools and oversee the district's security program since 2012.

City leaders, including the mayor and police chief, say the partnership keeps schools safe while saving the district money.

Police Chief Joe Gaudett told the board that the program has been a success. Opponents of the program say they haven't seen enough evidence that it's beneficial. 

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