Education · Fresno

Slatic hits ‘Fox&Friends First’ in push to retain Fresno P.D. on school campuses

Fresno Unified Trustee Terry Slatic spent the wee hours of Tuesday morning speaking to Fox News to combat attempts to boot Fresno Police officers off school campus, following the release of a report finding that Fresno Unified students wanted to keep police officers around.

The report, generated from a nonprofit survey of a diverse array of 114 Fresno Unified students, found that students largely felt safer with police presence on campus and were unsure of faculty’s ability to intervene if violence broke out on campus or an active shooter situation were to arise.

Fresno Unified’s $1.8 million contract with the Fresno Police Department to supply Student Resource Officers is set to expire at the end of June. However, the district’s contract includes an option to renew for two years.

Slatic spoke to the current climate on the Fresno Unified school board, referring to his colleagues as “fundamentally leftists wanted to either have no police or to have police in civilian clothes with no weapons, no badges, et cetera.”

In the interview, he notes that – should the contract lapse – it may take up to 18 months after reaching a new agreement to redeploy officers onto school campuses.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at