Florida Schools Struggle To Make School Resource Officer Transitions

The Florida city of St. Petersburg says its police department will not pull officers from their current duties to serve as elementary school resource officers.  

Mayor Rick Kriseman says the city can't afford to lose officers on the squad to schools, although if guns are in schools, he would prefer to have them on police officers, "not on security guards or on the wrestling coach."  

Next week, the Pinellas County School Board will consider a plan to hire and train armed security personnel for the schools.  

Florida school districts are now required to provide a security officer at every school, but the districts say the state is not providing the necessary funding.


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