School resource officer

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Safety in schools has become a top priority. Children learn what they live. By having a police officer or School Resource Officer in every school in Branford the children will learn to respect authority. The goal of a school resource officer should be to build relationships between law enforcement and young people.

A School Resource Officer (SRO) would be a welcome addition to our district. School Resource Officers can be a valuable part of the school staff and an important link between students, teachers, administrators, the police, and the community. They can deter and respond to criminal behavior at school. They can provide security and coordinate response during emergency situations. As role models, they build a bond between young people and law enforcement that provides understanding from both sides. SROs can engage with students at special events and help to create an inclusive environment that is free from bullying. Students who feel safe become better learners and better citizens. School Resource Officers are not meant to be the school disciplinarian, but their presence does help students, staff and administrators focus on education.

We as parents and community members are respectfully asking the Board of Education to create this position. We ask for this because we value the safety and security for everyone in the school community: teachers, administrators, and most of all, our children.

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