Sunday, October 22, 2006

JOURNAL NEWS ARTICLE ON SCHOOL SAFETY-question: should more schools use community police officers in the schools?

An article in the Journal News today (October 22) "Security Tightened Across Region at Local Schools" talks about school safety issues. School shootings across the country have rekindled fears of parents, teachers, children. You should read the article on the www.lohud.com web site.
A number of years ago the town of Greenburgh partnered with the Central 7 School district. Both the town and Central 7 school districts share the expense of a community police resource officer who patrols the schools and provides additional services to the district (read the Greenburgh police dept's web site: www.greenburghny.com for more info on the many services offered to school districts via the community police resource officer). The program at Central 7 is a success.
The question of the day is this: Should more school districts have policing in the schools? What do you think?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is a difficult question. I don't want my community and school district to have a police state quality. At the same time I want my children to come home safe from school. I think I would vote for safety.

dano said...

If the school system feels that "the program at Central 7 is a success," then if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Anonymous said...

The school districts do a great job for our town. The administrators are terrific. The education is good. Crime in the town is not high. I feel safe. I would prefer that police not be in the schools. We are living in a different world now. We don't know whose out there. We may never need a police presence in the schools. But, if there is ever an incident and one life is saved or a crisis avoided it would be worth it.