The Erie County Legislature voted unanimously last week in favor of a resolution to improve school safety by supporting school resource officers (SROs).
In light of recent tragedies and acts of violence, there is a proposal at the state level calling to fund SROs in all New York schools that wish to have them. State Senator Pat Gallivan (R-Elma) is helping to lead that push and is requesting the money be made available for the 2018-2019 school year. More on Senator Gallivan’s efforts can be viewed here.
School resource officers are law enforcement professionals who help promote safety a number of different ways. They work with teachers, staff and students on different crime prevention and training programs and help with public outreach.
“School resource officers provide so much more than extra security,” said Legislator Lynne Dixon. “They also help foster a positive relationship between students and law enforcement. By adding additional officers in the region, we have a valuable opportunity to address safety issues from all sides.”
“School resource officers provide more than just overall safety,” said Legislator Rath. “Officers help schools develop crime reduction and prevention programs and serve as positive role models for students. I hope the state legislature recognizes the importance of this legislation to create a better environment for our children and educators.”
“Following recent tragedies, many students made it clear they no longer feel safe in their schools,” said Minority Leader Joe Lorigo. “This is a major problem. Providing more school resource officers will not just ensure more security but will help restore peace of mind for kids and their families. In Erie County, both Holland and Iroquois Central Schools have school resource officers and the program has proven to leave a positive impact on students.”
A copy of the resolution can be viewed here.