Washington Schools May Cut SRO Program

Published: May 6, 2010

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – As a result of budget cuts, the Edmonds School District is considering eliminating its school resource officer program.

The district, which serves more than 6,000 students, is seeking to reduce its budget by $6.7 million. The district would save $200,000 if the school resource program is cut, according to HeraldNet.com.

The Lakewood School District in Marysville, Wash., is also considering eliminating its program in an effort to cut $813,000. It plans on buying video surveillance equipment from the funds collected from a technology levy and hiring someone who is not an officer to monitor the system.

The majority of Washington school districts sign contracts with cities that split the cost of having an officer on their campuses.

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Many students and administrators like the law enforcement presence on campus, and hope the elimination of the program will not be an option.

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