The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is calling upon the State Legislature to include in the 2018 State Budget funding for at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond says the best solution is to assign active deputy sheriffs or other active police officers to the schools as SROs who would move about the campus, “network” with students and staff, and either head off an incident before it happens or at least be there on scene to immediately respond. The Sheriffs’ Association estimates that the cost of this proposal would be roughly equivalent to that of adding one teacher to each of these schools.

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