Friday, December 21, 2012

Restored funding for school resource officers needed to keep Arizona kids safe


 
Restored funding for school resource officers needed to keep Arizona kids safe


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), said he believes Arizona schools would be safer if there were more school resource officers on all campuses to protect students and staff.

He added that he will introduce legislation to restore the school resource officer program, which was drastically reduced by Republican budget cuts in recent years.

“Today we heard the National Rifle Association encourage the placement of armed security guards in schools. I agree. That’s why we need to restore funding to the school resource officer program as soon as possible,” Campbell said.  “We need to make sure these officers have all the tools they need to effectively do their jobs to protect our kids. I’ll work to ensure that happens.”

Campbell added that since 2009, Republicans at the Legislature reduced funding for the program by nearly half.

“There’s nothing more important than keeping our kids safe. Schools should be protected by trained officers,” Campbell said. “To put more officers on campuses, we have to fund the program. It must be a priority.”



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