Thu September 26, 2013
School Police Funds Restored in Albemarle
During budget cuts in 2008-9, Albemarle county's public schools lost "School Resource Officer" (SRO) funding. SROs are uniformed police officers in schools who once had the somewhat mellow duty of giving "Just Say NO" talks and of being law enforcement's goodwill ambassadors among school kids. However, the recent wave of mass shootings has rekindled interest in having trained first-responders present in schools.
SROs would continue interacting positively with students and presumably would still carry on some D.A.R.E.-style programs. However, school police could also engage an active shooter if ever one were to appear. Details about the cost and also about which schools will be first to participate in the effort to boost security are in Tim Shea's article in Charlottesville Tomorrow.
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