Eye on the world: Providing safety in schools and better connections in the community

In “What happens when cops become hallway monitorsThe Christian Science Monitor reports that police officers assigned to public schools (known as School Resource Officers) are more than just an armed presence. While their primary purpose is, of course, to provide security for students and teachers, the opportunity they have to mentor students can play an important role in shaping the way kids view, treat, and trust police officers. The Monitor writes, “At a time when police-community relations are fraught, SROs are increasingly being promoted as promising vehicles for community policing.” Ensuring school safety, while bridging the gap between the police and the communities they serve, is a primary objective as the new school year begins.

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