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School Resource Officers Lack Training, Effectiveness Questioned: Study

While the federal government has spent close to $1 billion to deploy police in our nation’s public schools, it remains “unclear how effective” the School Resource Officers (SROs) are in preventing the school tragedies that have rocked the nation for 20 years–tragedies that are used as a justification for their deployment, according to a new study from the nonprofit group Strategies for Youth (SFY).

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The School Safety and Security Specialist

It is frequently noted that middle ground is increasingly hard to find these days. This is particularly true in the emo­tionally charged debates about how to keep schools safe. On one side are those who argue that school police-or School Resource Offi­cers (SROs)-are necessary to keep students and staff safe, particularly from the horrific shootings that have become altogether too commonplace.

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Policing the Teen Brain

More than a few years ago, I was dispatched to a street robbery that had just occurred. I arrived at the apartment complex and found the victim, who waved me down. He advised that three guys had just robbed him. One held a knife while the other two pulled his wallet and keys from his pockets. They fled on foot. We got a good description of the suspects: All three appeared to be Hispanic males, late teens to early twenties. One of the suspects was described as much taller than the other two.

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LPD officers, staff train on how to work with teens

Police officers encounter a variety of situations throughout the day and training for the wide range of circumstances is a never-ending job. Recently, statistics have shown that there may be specific reasons teens are a portion of the population that can begin with a calm situation that escalates quickly.

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