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Should Police Be Stationed At Elementary Schools?

7:45 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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Burlington, N.C. - Parents have been asking themselves all week: How can we send our kids back to school and guarantee they come home safely?

In the Triad, most districts have School Resource Officers (SROs) stationed at middle and high schools. However, that is not typically the case at elementary schools.

Sometimes the school district covers the officers' salaries. Other times, the city or county shares the cost. However, armed security guards assigned to elementary schools are rare.

This is where you come in. If you're a parent and you want more security at your child's school, speak up.

"I think it's something that has created the need for more discussion. Whether it has to happen - that is going to be a question that's going to have to be answered not just by the police department, but by the school system as well," Burlington Police Captain Chad Slaughter said.

For example, adding school resource officers to all the elementary schools in Forsyth County would cost more than three-million dollars. The money has to come from somewhere. Will taxpayers be willing to pay more? Should the money be taken from other departments?

"When I started in law enforcement, I never dreamed that something like this could happen. Our society has changed. As society changes, we have to assess where we're at and what changes we need to make," Captain Slaughter said.

Many counties and cities will set their budgets at the beginning of the year. If you want to see officers in your child's elementary school, go to the city and county budget meetings and let them know.

WFMY News 2

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