School-Based Policing Under Fiscal Pressure
An important group of support-staff members—school resource officers, also known as school-based law enforcement—has been hit hard by the recent recession and its lingering impact.
Kevin Quinn, a spokesman for the National Association of School Resource Officers, says that several years ago, the Hoover, Ala.-based organization estimated there were 10,000 to 15,000 such officers nationwide. Now, the group estimates the number at closer to 7,000.
"If we used our training conference that we host every year [as a reference], I'd say between 2007 and 2009, it dropped to about half...
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