School Resource Officers Are Being Eliminated in DC Public Schools

The Washington Informer reports that the DC City Council has voted to reduce the number of school resource officers (SROs) in public and charter schools so that the program will end in 2025. The school resource officer program is run by the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The suggestion to remove officers and replace them with trained educators, counselors and mediators is an idea taken from an April 2021 report issued by the D.C. Police Reform Commission.

The plan would decrease SROs in school from 60 personnel as of July 1 this year, to 40 personnel in 2023, then 20 personnel by 2024. The program would end by 2025.

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