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Over the last few years there has been a small but vocal segment within communities across the country that has raised concerns in opposition to having law enforcement officers permanently assigned to schools as school resource officers (SROs). In recent weeks, those voices have become much more prominent. School administrators and elected officials are considering removing officers from their schools, and some have already done so.
Those in opposition to SROs have claimed that their presence has resulted in a “school to prison pipeline”. They argue that assigning officers to schools has resulted in youths being formally arrested for minor conduct issues that would have otherwise been handled informally by school staff if the SROs had not been present in the school. They have suggested that the presence of SROs has resulted in thousands of children, particularly racial minorities, being marked for life with criminal records for behaviors that previously would only have resulted in minor in-school discipline.
In this webinar, Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.) will discuss: