Few elementary schools have school resource officers, primarily due to budget restrictions. But as today’s tragedy points out, it’s just as important for elementary schools as it is for middle and high schools.
Hoover, Ala. (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) wishes to express its sorrow and shock regarding the horrific school shooting that occurred today in Newtown, Connecticut. The organization offered its thoughts and prayers to its members who serve with the Newtown Police Department as well as the entire community.
“NASRO recommends that every elementary school have a school resource officer,” said Mo Canady, NASRO executive director. “Few elementary schools have school resource officers, primarily due to budget restrictions. But as today’s tragedy points out, it’s just as important for elementary schools as it is for middle and high schools.”
Canady also recommended that each school have a cross-functional school safety team that includes teachers, parents, officers, counselors and administrators. Collaborating on evaluating safety and setting safety policies and practices, this team can greatly improve school security. He also said that all exterior doors should be secured at all times and every school should have a policy in place about visitor and entry management.
NASRO is available to assist schools and communities in any way necessary. For more information, visit http://www.nasro.org.
NASRO is a not-for-profit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff and the schools they attend. NASRO is located in Hoover, Ala. and was established in 1991. For more information, visit http://www.nasro.org.
Jani Spede Public Relations
(866) 923-9980 ext. 1