New York should fund at least one armed school resource officer in every school in the state, the state Sheriffs' Association said Thursday.

The Sheriffs' Association said the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo should fund one armed officer in every school as part of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts April 1, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.

“This will be an expensive undertaking,” Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, the group's president, said in a statement. "But we owe it to our children, and their parents, to provide a safe place for education to take place.”