Winnipeg police will continue to patrol school halls for at least another three years.
The protection and community services committee endorsed an agreement with three school divisions this morning to provide officers at specific high schools and junior high schools.
The arrangements involve Winnipeg, Pembina Trails and St. James-Assiniboia school divisions.
An administrative report says Winnipeg police will assign 13 officers to the school divisions. The cost of the services is subsidized by city hall: The school divisions split the cost of salaries and benefits but the city will charge the divisions as if the officers are paid at the 4th class rate, when they are actually 1st class constables. The result is instead of a 50/50 split, the school divisions pay 40 per cent of the costs.
The city does not bill for any other costs associated with the arrangement.
The province later reimburses the school divisions for 50 per cent of their costs.
Deputy Chief Art Stannard told the committee the arrangement is beneficial to both the schools and the WPS, adding it helps police establish relationships with students and the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The arrangement, which must still be approved by council, will see nine officers assigned to the Winnipeg school division, and two officers each to St. James-Assiniboia and Pembina Trails.
Stannard said those divisions are the only ones that requested participation in the program.