The SRO discussion in Wednesday’s Frederick News-Post caught my attention.

School Resource Officers are the perfect opportunity to practice and refine Community Policing. They are typically men or women, who choose and are selected for being appropriate to the position.

My teaching experience is more than 36 years in Jr., Middle, and Sr. High Schools, and a detention center. It is idealistic to say SRO’s are not needed in public schools.

Reality is that behaviors, good and bad, in any community are reflected in their public schools. A school is a “community”, and there are events, as in any community, that require a sworn officer to intervene. The relationship is the key to earning the trust and respect that makes an SRO effective, in these times.

Who better should deal with serious issues such as drug sales, assaults, sex crimes, firearms, etc., than an investigator from the community who knows the people, and usually the background and circumstances of an issue. I have seen warnings, counseling, even mediation used to resolve disputes, and prevent more serious crimes. Isn’t this the essence of community policing?

No one benefits when schools are out of the control of the staff.

It would be interesting to see the results of a survey among staff and students about the future of SRO’s in Frederick County Public Schools.

David Hutchins

Frederick

(16) comments

KellyAlzan

Been a minute since we've heard from Ba'Lane. I think I sense a letter from him coming soon!

MD1756

"Who better should deal with serious issues such as drug sales, assaults, sex crimes, firearms, etc., than an investigator from the community who knows the people, and usually the background and circumstances of an issue."

How about the parents? If their children are disruptive in school, make the parents come in to ensure their children behave. If they have to take time off from work to do so, maybe they'll find the time and will to address what should be their problem.

JerryR

That's exactly right, where the hell are the parents in all this? That's the leftist mantra, it's everyone else's fault but the parents. Just like two AA boys that killed that gentlemen at the fair last fall - the parents take zero responsibility/accountability for raising two delinquents. The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds!!

yogib

SRO's should be specialists on student behavior and needs not armed guards. Most SRO's are unfortunately symbols of power and violence.

NewMarketParent

@yogib

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MD1756

What is your source for your assertion that "most SRO's are unfortunately symbols of power and violence." Isn't an assertion like that without facts a form of discrimination?

bosco

Shouldn't parents be specialists on student behavior and raise them how to behave before they start school - or is the school system expected to take feral children and then try to raise them?

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DickD

David thinks it is idealistic to think police are not necessary in the schools. I guess I grew up in a idealistic community where I went to school.

Blueline

Dick - no, you grew up in a different era.

DickD

Wouldn't that be idealistic?

NewMarketParent

@DickD

I grew up when they were starting to introduce those things. I personally think they aren't needed. Violent crime is down in general and has been on the steady decline for decades. We are live in the time of internet amplification.

gdunn

Yeah thanks to the incredibly hard work done by the dedicated men and women in LE.

shiftless88

gdunn; no, basically it comes down to demographics. The boomers were crazy.

MD1756

Shiftless, what is the source for your assertion that "boomers were crazy?" If you're not being sarcastic, then you are being discriminatory. I'm hoping it was sarcasm.

tonyc51

SRO makes too much sense to ever be allowed to continue in today's upside down world of grievance and "woke" people..

NewMarketParent

@tonyc51

What is your definition of "woke"?

I'm guessing that you think that thinking of others before you act (which used to be considered civics) is now a problem for you?

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