Some officers worry schools are not prepared for shootings
About one in five police officers working in schools think that their school is not prepared to handle an active-shooter situation, according to a survey conducted by the Education Week Research Center.
Education Week Research Center surveyed about 400 school resource officers nationwide following a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed and before a May 18 school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas, where 10 people died.
According to the survey, the average officer is a 48-year-old white male who has worked in law enforcement for 19 years and served as a school police or resource officer for nine years.
Other key findings include:
• Many officers — about 81 percent — said that they have received sufficient training to work in schools.
• About 33 percent of officers said that arming some teachers could make schools safer.
• Most officers — 88 percent — agreed that having an armed officer on campus deters school shootings. Even more — 95 percent — think that having an armed officer on campus minimizes harm in the event of a shooting.
When it comes to preventing future school shootings, the top recommendations by officers included: improving student and staff training on school security, increasing physical security measures and employing adequate security staff.
Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.