Detroit School Security Officers Return to Work

Some teachers and students fear the officers’ returns are only temporary.

School security officers in Detroit returned to the city’s schools Jan.13 after being laid off earlier in the month.

The officers at many of Detroit Public Schools’ elementary and middle schools were laid off as a result of persistent budget restrictions, according to

But the firings led to criticism from parent groups and teachers who argued the officers were necessary to maintain school security. The schools that lost their security officers received no alternative security upgrades or modified emergency plans.

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Now the district has brought the officers back as they ensure their door entry security systems are fully functioning.

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Many members of the school community are hoping the return of the officers is permanent. Students at Carver Elementary School presented their officer with a giant poster welcoming him back and staff members at other schools in the district expressed their gratitude for the officers.

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