FUND SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee has recommended that a measure that would establish a grant program to provide money to cities and towns for School Resource Officers (SROs) go to a study committee where bills are rarely actually studied and are essentially defeated. It is a way to kill a proposal without holding a vote on the bill itself. A school resource officer, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is a law enforcement officer “responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.”

“In my conversations with South Shore school officials over the years, one aspect of school security has stood out to me: the importance of SROs,” said Sen. Pat O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “These officers not only protect school campuses, but also foster a healthy social environment and help students build positive relationships with law enforcement. I think it’s important that districts across the commonwealth receive the opportunity to have an SRO if they would like to.”

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