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If Schools Can't Afford Police, Put in 'Cop Shops'?

Many district budgets don't have room for special school resource officers (SROs). Should administrators make room at schools instead for regular police officers?

Converting a school classroom or storage room into a police department office—is that a good way to make schools more secure?

Since the economic recession arrived in 2009, many school districts have cut school resource officers (SROs), leaving school builldings without day-in, day-out  police presence, according to the Star Tribune

But the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, brought calls for more armed security, including police, at schools.

One school district, in Jordan, MN, has opted to find space in its buildings to house some of the regular functions of the city's police department, the Associated Press reported.

Would you like to see some regular police work housed at schools if districts can't afford school resource officers? Leave a comment below.

 

Sue Dingmann March 05, 2013 at 11:08 PM
You and Mary need a reality check! Every city is required to have a certain amount of affordable housing, so that diversity is welcomed in all communities and that some cities are not over-burdened with lower income housing. Life will never be the same as we knew it as kids. We need to embrace the needs of our neighbors.
Mike B. March 06, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Sue, I would disagree with your statement that "every city is required to have a certain amount of affordable housing." The only group pushing for that nonsense are the liberal nanny-staters at the Met Council. The government has no business forcing cities to adhere to arbitrary housing goals. If someone wants to live in Edina, or North Oaks, or Wayzata, that person will need to earn more money, have a smaller family (or forsake kids for a while), or scrimp and save on other things in life. I was fortunate to live in Texas for a couple of years. I like their attitude of keeping government out of peoples' lives. They rightly scorn the effete Eastern and Northern liberals. We need more of that Texas common sense!
Heyitsme March 06, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Then why do we have extremely poor areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul? Never heard of this rule...give us the statute requiring this.
Big_Phish March 06, 2013 at 03:07 PM
You will need Officers in High School because of the age of the kids. You can't think that a parent would be able to control someone elses kid. Especially the problem kids... their own parents can't control them and they have such a lack of respect for any authority. Then if they were to try and control a kid, parents of the kid will sue their but off! My High School had two uniform and two plain clothes officers, but I grow up in inter-city Chicago. Plus you never know when a id will make a gun out of a Pop-Tart.
Heretical1 March 08, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Speaking from having grown up while attending Edina public schools, it is important to know the nuanced differences in its "institutional cultural complexion", comparatively; i.e., that set of the attitudes, values, beliefs, norms, mores, stresses, conflicts, and other differential "behavior drivers" that are likely to beget criminal or otherwise deleterious and disruptive acting out by troubled students. This cultural "soup" as it were, is the "petri dish" that engenders the antecedents of troubled-student behavior. It varies from community to community with changes both in demography, and in the differential influences of its dominant cultural institutions. We are reminded, therefore, of the ancient Greek admonition to, "Know thyself. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself>" The best solutions will be obtained through a fact finding investigation and an empirical data gathering plan that is informed and guided by: * The extant cutting-edge research methods (e.g., state-of-the-art survey research methods), the likes of which have been specifically adapted to obtain both the data and the metrics demanded by a given community's unique matrix of threats, risks and costs, i.e., which have been selected for amelioration or optimization, and by; * The authoritative scientific literature. For an "effete" road map and professional literature citations, contact me: claimanalytics (at) qwest (dot) net

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