We believe police resource officers should be at every school. In the 1990s, this was a common practice but has been declining over the last few years. The gunman in Connecticut would not have killed as many children had armed officers been at the school. We need to push for this policy in Alabama. Whatever the cost, it will be worth the peace of mind.
According to nasro.org, the presence of school resource officers in schools has become an important part of the duty to protect children on campus. Statistically speaking, the effectiveness of school resource officers is firmly established. In America, school crime is down; incidences of school-associated deaths, violence, nonfatal victimizations and theft have all diminished since local police began partnering with school officials. Once schools are made safe, the campuses tend to stay safe. Even juvenile arrests decrease, falling nearly 50 percent during the period of expansion of School Resource Officer programs.
Local police presence on campus is essential. Call your legislators in Montgomery (334-242-4753) and tell them to support the Center for Progress in Alabama Safe Schools Initiative. We have several CPA members in the House who will be putting this forth, and they need your help. Let lawmakers in Montgomery know you are not concerned about excuses for not doing this. You just want it done. Thanks so much for your help. Your action has made the difference on other projects we have had and I know I can count on you now.
Center for Progress in Alabama