The fear of the school resource officer idea was that having police officers in schools would create the academic version of a police state.
The reality appears to be quite different, as seen in my column today through the experience of Trooper Joseph DePlato in the Iroquois School District. The key word in his job title is "resource" because the district - with his blessing - uses him for everything.
But is it worth the cost? Shouldn't police resources be used to fight crime where it's occurring as opposed to breaking up fights and keeping the peace in the schools? Or is it a better use of your money to put police officers in a place where they might be able to prevent crime?
--- Bruce Andriatch