Police in Schools

By: Dan Ponce
By: Dan Ponce

Community resource officers are not like regular cops.

Yes, they will be armed and they'll be there to keep the peace, but they'd also be there to get to know the students and offer counseling.

Mayor Bernero said every high school in the Lansing School District should have one.

"Instead of police responding to call after call, we should be proactive and have a permanent [community resource officer] presence," Bernero said.

The Lansing police department responded to 128 calls this school year at the high schools. Most calls are for minor things like trespassing or a report of a suspicious vehicle, but they've also been called in for fights, drugs and assault.

While everyone wants to see these calls go away, some on the school board say more information is needed before approving a permanent police presence in the buildings.

"I've not heard there is a big cry and push for that," said Lansing school board member Hugh Clarke, wouldn't give his opinion one way or the other. He said he wants more feedback before making a decision.

As for how the mayor plans to pay for the community resource officers, he said it will be a matter of making it a budget priority.

Programs like this are already working in East Lansing, Grand Ledge and Mason.

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