Sheriffs' Association wants armed officers in all New York schools

Sheriffs' Association wants armed officers in all New York schools

February 23, 2018 06:51 AM

The Sheriffs' Association wants armed officers in all schools in New York.

Their proposal asks the state legislature to include enough funding in the 2018 budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state.

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This comes after last week's deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

"This will be an expensive undertaking," said Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, President of the New York State Sheriffs' Association, "but we owe it to our children, and their parents, to provide a safe place for education to take place. We spend many millions of dollars to protect a relatively small number of judges across the state, as we should. Surely we can also find the money to protect our most defenseless people – the children we send off to school each day."

“I think school resource officers are an important part in the security plan of our schools and I support the concept,” Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said in a statement. “In addition, I also champion the idea of hardening the target and doing a much better job in threat assessment.”

“By ‘hardening the target,’ Baxter clarified that he was referring to physical security. He wants set points that are controlled with security, with all other doors locked, verified and tested.

According to the Sheriffs' Association, there are about 4,750 public schools and nearly 2,000 private schools educating students in grades K through 12 in the state.

The Sheriffs' Association estimates that the cost of this proposal would be roughly equivalent to that of adding one teacher to each of these schools.


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