Do Police Belong On Public High School Campuses?
In many public high schools all across America police are present on campus. This has led many criminal justice reform advocates to ask, do police belong on public high school campuses. Many also believe that police, often called resource officers, on high school campuses has led to the school to prison pipeline. Why? Because minor offenses on high school campuses sometimes lead to arrests and criminal records for students. Add to this the fact that the majority of arrests are of students that are non-white. Our guest, Montgomery County council member, Will Jawando has proposed legislation that would remove police officers from Montgomery County high school campuses.
Mr. Jawando was a candidate for Congress and served as Associate Director of Public Engagement in the White House during the Obama administration. He has a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. We will explore the question, do police belong on public high school campuses?\
Proponents of high school resources officers argue that police officers on campuses are now well trained to diffuse situations, act as deterrents to violence and they often serve as counselors and advocates for students. But this begs the questions as to whether these roles are appropriate for police officers. The training in counseling for example is up two weeks while a school guidance counselor receives two years or more of education and training. So do police officers really belong on high school campuses? Listen in on this lively discussion to find out more.