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IACP President Questions NRA School Security Plan

December 21, 2012  | 

The president of a national police chiefs' association said a National Rifle Association proposal to assign an armed officer to each school in the nation would unduly tax patrol resources for other law enforcement missions.

Craig Steckler, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a California police chief, called a plan outlined Friday by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre a "massive undertaking."

Steckler, who is chief of the Fremont Police Department, said the plan would cause the reassignment of one-seventh of the country's officers from patrol duties to school security roles.

"While the IACP has long supported the hiring and deployment of school resource officers, the simple reality is that after years of cutbacks, hiring freezes and layoffs, the ability to meet this demand is beyond the capabilities of many, if not most, law enforcement agencies," Steckler said in a statement.

There are now about 760,000 state and local law enforcement officers in the United States, according to Bureau of Justice statistics. There are also about 100,000 schools in the nation.

Steckler noted that if his department were required to staff each school in Fremont, he would lose half of his patrol officers to that role. He also called LaPierre's idea "a sad commentary" on the times.

"The idea that we are discussing having to put armed law enforcement officers in all of our nation's schools is a sad commentary on the state of affairs we currently confront," Steckler said. "Law enforcement officers represent the last line of defense in a process that should properly be focused on prevention, threat mitigation, and preparation."

Chief Steckler also said the IACP supports "an effective ban on military-style assault weapons, background checks on all gun purchasers, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines."

Related:

NRA Calls for Armed Officers in All Schools

Tags: NRA, Police Chiefs, IACP, Gun Control Advocacy, Campus Safety


Comments (23)

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AZBIGDOG @ 12/22/2012 7:40 AM

Okay, we all know that the IACP is for anything that will make them popular with the politicians at home and in washington. So, they are essentially saying that they can't do it because it is too complicated, it takes officers off the street. I have an idea, instead of spending money on hairbrained schemes to get your next fix of "I love me" media attention, do something constructive. Get your lieutenants, captains and other paper shuffling pogues off their rears and in gear with the school program. Of course the IACP would rather take away a constitutional right than do work toward fixing the problem. And of course the gun ban and high capacity magazine ban will also apply to your agencies and officers duty and personal weapons since you seem to believe that the ban will solve everything. No dissing NYPD but firing 52 rounds from high capacity Glocks at a person armed with a wallet is a liitle overboard. It appears IACP is interfering with life of the officers and citizens as usual.

Steve Rothstein @ 12/23/2012 12:07 PM

This sounds just like the IACP. The chiefs become politicians and do what politicians want. They support a ban on some tools because, after all, Lanza already broke the law by killing his mother to get the guns he could not legally get and this would have stopped him.

So, someone else comes up with a plan that stands a good chance of working and they oppose it. It must be because they did not come up with it.

Well, here is a suggestion for any honest chiefs out there. Support this plan. go to your city council and tell them it would work. Then point out that it would require that they let you hire X more police officers to implement it. You can even argue that it would take an increase in your budget over the actual salaries because it will cost more for training, etc. You are always looking for ways to argue for an increased budget that the politicians have to support or look bad to the public. Here is one you can use.

J.D. @ 12/24/2012 1:17 AM

Let's see????? One Officer to protect hundreds of kids, to be visible on the school grounds at all times.

Or, one Officer on the streets to answer a drunk or D.V. call which will take up many of those precious (man) hours.

A good Police Chief otherwise known as a manager. Would be able to manage the officers' time in such a way that he could staff the school. But instead these Chiefs are whining on national media about reasons they cannot fulfill the needs to protect our children.

How did they ever become Chief. If those same chiefs were women. How many would immediately comply and fill those slots?

tackleberry011 @ 12/24/2012 3:32 AM

And herein lies the problem. The head of the IACP goes directly to budgetary issues over safety issues. As a 22 year law enforcement veteran and a father of two little girls in a grade school, I find the remarks by Chief Steckler short-sighted and offensive. The federal governement had no issue after the attacks of 9/11/01 realocating funds to reinstitue the Federal Air Marshal program. Are our children any less dear to us than the tax-heavy airline industry. Please Chief Steckler, don't speak for all of us on the job. We may not all agree with your stance.

K.O. @ 12/24/2012 5:22 AM

Another politically appointed bureaucrat pretending to have some expertise and trying to tell the professionals how to do things.

Augie M. @ 12/24/2012 5:48 AM

I agree with everyone's postings. Sounds like the IACP has had their meeting with Joe Biden and have been given their marching orders on the usual liberal political rhetoric to spew, and I ain't buying it. I have a teenager in HS that has a squared away SRO assigned there and I'm thankful he's there to give the kids a much better chance of surviving an active shooter event.

Indiansinger @ 12/24/2012 6:15 AM

It would seem that the lives of children in school aren't worth the cost of one trained school resource officer's daily pay. The horror committed against those school children isn't quite as bad as the inactivity of the leaders who make lame excuses for not protecting the rest.

Capt David LACO Retired @ 12/24/2012 7:14 AM

Times are changing. We didn't use to have metal detectors in Los Angeles schools, in fact we didn't used to have cops in schools, believe it or not there was a time you could get on a plane without any security search, why not protect all schools...

Tom Ret @ 12/24/2012 7:52 AM

If the IACP wants the support of the rank an file they need to stop giving the party line and this politically correct nonsense. These school shootings will continue and the next copy cat shooter is waiting in the wings. Reserves, retired officers, other volunteers or office staff would be used to supplement school security without breaking the bank. I would rather see our national guard here at home defending our schools than nation building over seas.

Retired Boss @ 12/24/2012 9:59 AM

Back in the 70's when I went to High School, we used to have a P.O. in the school. Not every day but a lot of days. This before we put body scanners in schools. Never any problems. Keep them guessing and they will not come.

Troy Church @ 12/24/2012 10:22 AM

I relinquished my membership in the IACP in favor of the NACOP over just this issue; gun control. I did it back in 2007. The IACP as an 'International' organization isn't just about what happens in the United States. But this is only one piece of the pie. the IACP supports gun control as a blanket approach. This is merely a step in a series of steps. No doubt, this is one of the organizations that will be engaged in the discourse in Washington over the ensuing weeks concerning this issue. No doubt what the nexus of those talks will be either.

DEADMAN @ 12/24/2012 11:01 AM

How about the various departments surrender their take home cars that they use to take wife shopping,go on vacation,go fishing,go to football or basketball games and use their family car or public transportation,the gas savings alone would be sufficient to hire several officers.Stop buying chapstick and kiss the mayors behind salve free,donate some of your time in a school and actually patrol the halls,hire retired,not decrepit officers to augment their retirement pay,have your officers pay supplemented by funds from the board of ed.,,have your officers do walk-thrus of schools in their patch so they know layout in case of call to that location,have your tactical officers sit down with school board officials and come up with ideas to protect students like man-trap,like brick up some of the lower windowsbefore thinking of bullet resistant glass,change doors so that a shooter can't just break glass and reach in and open door from inside.,security cameras(hidden) that can't be readily identified as cameras,police tie in to school cameras.Give each chief a daily supply of calcium to augment their spine incase of political interference,try being a pro-active chief instead of a YES man.

John @ 12/24/2012 11:40 AM

The I.A.C.P. is a bunch of liberal boot lickers. No one with any sense takes them serious anyway. The organization is a joke in the law enforcement community.

I think it would be great if all schools were assigned a s.r.o. However, I believe a less trained individual (let's say 160 hours) could perform an adequate job if assigning a s.r.o. is not an option. Do you really need to know how to administer a f.s.t. in order to pull a trigger? Most states should explore starting a security police program (legislation, policies, targeted subject matter academy training, limited peace officer commissions, etc.). The schools could utilize volunteer or paid s.p.o.'s. Of course, ex l.e.o.'s could be exempted from any initial training requirements.

J Wilson @ 12/24/2012 12:29 PM

I am surprised he did not say "protecting schools...not my job man."

Chief Steckler also said the IACP supports "an effective ban on military-style assault weapons, background checks on all gun purchasers, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines." This fool should know that background checks are already the law of the land. He is an ignorant tool.

The vast majority of rank and file police officers do not support such unconstitutional and ineffective foolishness.

Doc @ 12/24/2012 12:41 PM

There are already armed police officers in some schools, and there have Not been the problems that the liberals have predicted. They need to quit trying to violate the rights of the people. I still remember the 1994 Clinton gun & magazine ban, and how it was hard to get extra magazines and guns, and it did Not do anything to reduce violent crime.

Jim A @ 12/24/2012 4:38 PM

So, Steckler sounds like he would rather NOT do what we know would have a positive outcome (putting cops or armed guards in school). Instead, he would rather institute excessive gun laws, which we already know WILL NOT WORK. I am a Second Amendment-backing officer. If people - and the PRESS/MEDIA - are willing to take our Second Amendment rights away, then I think they should be willing to give up their First Amendment Rights. That would mean no freedom of speech. No free press. No internet where you can research on how to build bombs or chemical weapons. No Facebook where threats can be made, bullies can scare their enemies, and false rumors can thrive. After all, these methods of communication all incite riots, advertise and encourage evil, and educate those intent on evil so they can do a better job than those before them.

It was Ben Franklin that said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety".

The problem is not GUN CONTROL. The problem is PEOPLE CONTROL. Evil will thrive if it is determined enough to do so. Treat the crime. Keep those convicted in jail. An inanimate object is not the suspect. Courts, do your job!

Jim A @ 12/24/2012 4:38 PM

So, Steckler sounds like he would rather NOT do what we know would have a positive outcome (putting cops or armed guards in school). Instead, he would rather institute excessive gun laws, which we already know WILL NOT WORK. I am a Second Amendment-backing officer. If people - and the PRESS/MEDIA - are willing to take our Second Amendment rights away, then I think they should be willing to give up their First Amendment Rights. That would mean no freedom of speech. No free press. No internet where you can research on how to build bombs or chemical weapons. No Facebook where threats can be made, bullies can scare their enemies, and false rumors can thrive. After all, these methods of communication all incite riots, advertise and encourage evil, and educate those intent on evil so they can do a better job than those before them.

It was Ben Franklin that said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety".

The problem is not GUN CONTROL. The problem is PEOPLE CONTROL. Evil will thrive if it is determined enough to do so. Treat the crime. Keep those convicted in jail. An inanimate object is not the suspect. Courts, do your job!

Frank @ 12/24/2012 6:02 PM

Tom Ret is correct! What is wrong with using LEO's (HR 218) people or Reserve officers. Best and cheapest one Jerry Lee K9. School is 180 days not 7/24/365. Unless everyone thinks it cheaper to renovate schools all over the USA. Maybe the Feds can throw some money at this problem. Lets reduce Foreign Aide by 15% for the next five year and we will have plenty of money.
Boston's Mayor Menino with another classic statement. What bring more guns into Boston he forgot that gun would be attached to an LEO. I guess our politician would like to fight this problem with PC and ice cream cones.

Frank @ 12/24/2012 6:11 PM

DEADMAN The state of Massachusetts does not allow police vehicles used as taxicabs or for personal use. Just what this country needs more cameras. What we actually need is better licensing and mental health testing. Let not forget to dump the PC BS, ACLU clowns, reinstate the death penalty and enforce the gun laws on the books. I see the Touchee Feelee stuff from the Hippy Boomer (my generation) generation doesn't work.

Searcher5 @ 12/24/2012 11:21 PM

This shouldn't be too much of an issue in Texas, as there are many school districts that have their own police departments, just like the colleges and universities. I've seen high schools with up to five assigned to that school. They could certainly be spread around. That shouldn't take too much planning.

DaveSAM5525G @ 12/25/2012 11:23 PM

There were allot of things from the old school days that failed to come along for the ride sorely needed today...(Trust-Action-indicators -and do and say whats needed...We are many with eyes, ears, mouth, but at times, "don’t really see, don’t really hear, and don’t really speak/tell when needed". It's not a popularity contest!

Small City Cop @ 12/26/2012 10:01 AM

I've got an idea, why not make the Board of Education help pay for putting officers in the schools? I'll tell you why. The Chiefs don't want to lose control. Nothing says this is strictly a police issue, and I think the responsibility for insuring our kids are safe falls squarely on the back of the Board of Education. Let them pony up some or all of the money to put a cop in every school, and to hire extras so there is always one there when the kids are present.

Mike @ 12/26/2012 1:29 PM

The IACP has always been out of touch with what the feeling of patrol officers/supervisors. I've been an officer/supervisor for more then 30 years and during that time I have never felt that the IACP had my best interest and the public's best interest at heart. They have been a political organization that promotes their own political agenda.

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