SROs in the Schools: Necessary or No?
Barnegat Patch asks your thoughts on special officers in township schools.
It's been a much-talked-about issue for weeks, and Barnegat got some resolution on it Tuesday night.
The Board of Education voted to keep the shared services contract with the township that supplies two special resource officers, or SROs, in district schools. Each will be paid $58,066. (The board had previously voted down the contract, but had to vote again on the measure because not enough members were present for that initial vote to count.)
Some say the SROs aren't necessary, and cost taxpayers too much money. If a school had an emergency and needed help from the police, they say, regular patrol officers could be there right away.
Others say they're a vital part of the school community, helping bridge the gap between law enforcement and youth in the community and allowing police to keep a finger on the pulse of the culture of the district's schools – an important part of community policing.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
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