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|For Immediate Release
August 20, 2013
|For More Information Contact:
Sarah Biehl, (614) 221-2244 email@example.com Renuka Mayadev, (614) 221-2244 firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Urges Caution Before Placing Police Officers in Schools
Columbus, OH – At a time when many Ohio school districts are grappling with budgets to
pay for police officers – also called School Resource Officers – the Children’s Defense FundOhio urges school administrators to step back and consider the facts.
Data show that the presence of police officers in schools increases the likelihood that children
in those schools will be arrested for minor, non-violent disciplinary matters such as talking
back, dress code violations, and other issues that are better left to educators to address. In an
issue brief published today, CDF-Ohio describes why increasing arrests of students
contributes to pushing children out of school and into the juvenile justice system. Increased
arrest rates negatively affect school safety and security by creating a negative school climate.
“We hope that school districts and communities will view this issue brief as a resource and
consider the data before making decisions about their School Resource Officer programs,”
says Renuka Mayadev, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio.
For Ohio school districts that already have police officers in their school buildings, the issue
brief also describes promising models and practices in place across the country that minimize
the risks associated with integrating police officers into school buildings.
• Crafting a clear, detailed memorandum of understanding between the school and the
• Ensuring high quality, consistent data collection and monitoring of the impact of the
presence of School Resource Officers.
• Ensuring that School Resource Officers receive extensive training.
View the Release as a .pdf: