Atlanta Schools May Create Own Police Force

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In the wake of recent shootings, Atlanta Public Schools wants to put more police on campus by creating a school-run force.

The aim of putting officers on campus every day would be to more effectively prevent crime and defuse conflicts with words instead of weapons, officials say.

“We’re talking about a framework where we have full-time officers, where they’re here five days a week all day long, where they learn the kids, where the kids confide in them, where they can start to spot emotional problems and issues before they get to this sort of crisis state,” Superintendent Erroll Davis said after an accidental shooting Wednesday at Grady High School.

The school district hasn’t revealed details of its policing planCurrently, its security costs are the highest in the metro area despite having the fifth-largest student population.

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