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New York City Removes Last Police Officers from Public Schools

March 13, 2018  | 

The last NYPD officers assigned full-time to New York City public schools are being moved out — despite nationwide calls for heightened security in the wake of last month’s Florida shootings.

The once-common practice of putting an armed officer in New York City schools waned in the 1990s. All were gradually eliminated, but some of the biggest high schools kept their officers.

“My colleagues think it’s outrageous — and really stupid,” teacher Arthur Goldstein said. “We’re not enthusiastic about arming teachers, but we liked having a cop around.”

Police are being removed from schools because officers in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new community policing units will visit schools while patrolling the neighborhood, according to the NYPD. School safety agents are stationed at all schools, but are not armed, the New York Post reports.

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Nolesman58 @ 3/13/2018 4:26 PM

Considering SRO's have been around since the 1970's it is hard to understand that NYC did not have SRO's years ago. That operation is probably one of the best anti-crime programs around. The men/women can do so much more than just law enforcement. COPS units are also great but they are much different from SRO's. I would thing people living in NYC would want their children to know a LEO as a friend!

Bill @ 3/13/2018 4:49 PM

Why is the mayor making that decision? He is an idiot who can’t even trust the very people he put in place to make that decision.

Retired NY Boss @ 3/13/2018 5:57 PM

Just when I think DeBlasio has run out of stupid things to do...............
And he wonders why the Miami Schools Superintendant got cold feet and decided in FLA

Trigger @ 3/14/2018 8:32 AM

Why does the mayor have his nose stuck so deep into police operations? It’s like he got a case of inferiority and has to continually prove his ignorance by screwing with a great police department!

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