In January 2013, On the heels of the horrific Newtown, CT shooting attacks that left twenty school children and 6 staff members fatally shot, Citizens for children’s safety was born.
School shootings and drug use are major concerns all across America and beyond. Although there is no easy answer, police resource officers have been an enormous asset in schools and throughout numerous communities. Police resource offices have been proven to help minimize school shootings and drug handling in schools across America.
The Citizens for Children’s Safety is a non-profit organization dedicated and focused on mobilizing residents to persuade their own communities to invest in armed resource officers in every public school. The group’s objective is to serve as a resource to assist in drafting proposals to local boards or committees to provide schools with adequate security (resource officers).
Armed officers should be present at every school, everywhere. We must find a way to protect our most vulnerable citizens. We arm air marshals to protect travelers, should we not give the same level of protection to our children? A “sheepdog” among the “sheep” is all that is needed to stop the “wolves”.
We, the citizens of our own communities, need to come together to make this possible. There are challenges – funding being the toughest. However, the value and protection that would come from having school resource officers are worth the investment.
Nothing encourages a shooter more than a GUN FREE ZONE. They know full well that they have a 100% chance of inflicting maximum carnage without resistance.
These events have given us a heightened awareness and need for our children’s safety and security so much more so than even just a couple of decades ago. Whatever it takes to keep our children safe, we should do. This is common sense and it’s about time.
The presence of an officer has multiple benefits; educating students on issues like Internet safety and bullying, being a liaison between the school and police departments as well as creating and improving positive relationships between students and law enforcement.