Assemblyman Townsend asks Governor to re-think plan for School Resource Officers
Assemblyman David Townsend says schools in his district would lose 15 resource officers, and he is asking Governor Paterson to re-think his budget cuts and keep state troopers in New York's schools.Keep STATE TROOPERS in New York Schools? Doesn't Mr. Townsend know that state troopers are the creme-de-la-creme of law enforcement officers -- and command a very high salary?
What is amazing is how this gig ever got started . . . Interaction among some public employee unions, perhaps? Inflating pensions with overtime, perhaps? Let the school districts contract with local police forces (at a lower cost) if need be. School districts get plenty of money from the state anyway.
The Governor is correct on this one and Mr. Townsend is wrong.
Troopers are paid way too much to be assigned to "interact with students."