DeSoto County Schools looks to invest more than $1M in school resource officers

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Hours after the President spoke about gun control, DeSoto County Schools is working to add at least ten more school resource officers.

The goal is for every school campus in their system to have an officer.

”So this next year we are budgeting for at least $2 million to go towards school resource officers. Our goal is to have a uniformed officer in every elementary and every middle school and every high school for the 2022-23 school year,” Superintendent Cory Uselton said.

Research by the Annenberg Institute of Education showed law enforcement officers on campus can reduce some violence, but don’t prevent gun violence, school shootings, or gun-related incidents on campus.

DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Corey Uselton told FOX13′s reporter Tom Dees, that the district has been working for years to try to get an SRO for each campus.

“We just know that the parents will be reassured by this, our teachers and students and our staff. When you pull up out front on campus and you see that police car that is a proactive approach to school safety,” Uselton said.

Research from Annenberg shows that SROs on campus intensify the use of expulsion and police referrals and the arrests of students.

The effects are two times larger for African American students.

Uselton said the goal in DeSoto County is to make each campus safer, and that while the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last month did not motivate the need for more security on campus, it did intensify discussions.

“This has been our goal already to have a uniformed school resource officer on campus. With the events in Texas, that amplified that need,” Uselton said.

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