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Fund school resource officers for all schools, Leon superintendent urges Gov. Scott



Feeling vulnerable to attack, many Florida parents have demanded their children's schools add permanent armed officers to protect their children.

School districts hardly can afford this expense if they would choose to provide this service. In recent years, many districts have in fact scaled back their school resource officer programs because of budget concerns.

Leon County superintendent Jackie Pons and sheriff Larry Campbell on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to make resource officers a financial priority for the state's schools.


"The benefits of having law enforcement officers at every school are incalculable. Besides the actual and perceived sense of security for parents, students and school employees, it also would be a visible deterrent to anyone with evil intentions," the officials wrote. "This may not be a cure-all, but it most certainly would be an important state toward making Florida's public schools the safest in the nation."

Some Tampa area superintendents, including those in Hernando and Pasco counties, have already said they do not intend to have armed officers on every campus. How important is this idea?


[Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:21pm]


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