Safety Law News for May 8, 2018
In New York, the mayor and the police chief of the City of Syracuse say sworn school resource officers will stay in Syracuse schools. The announcement came in response to a request from the city's police union to remove the officers due to concerns for officer safety created by school discipline policies.
In Georgia, the Laurens County School Board approved arming teachers. Laurens is a rural county spread over 807 square miles. It shares the cost of rotating Laurens County deputies among schools, but it can take more than 30 minutes to get from one school to the other.
In Florida, the Manatee County Commission voted not to provide more funding to pay for school resource officers. Throughout the state, many districts are scrambling to find funding to meet the new state requirement for school safety. School leaders say the state did not provide enough new funding to cover the costs.
In New Mexico, teachers at Capital High School and Santa Fe High School want metal detectors installed at campus entrances. This campus security concern was included in a presentation made to the school board.