Superintendent Proposes Adding Police Officers at Milford Schools

Dr. Feser has been talking with Mayor Ben Blake and Milford Police Chief Keith Mello about adding School Resource Officers in Milford Public Schools.

While not a part of Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser's 2013-2014 budget proposal, Dr. Feser did note during a press conference last week that she has had conversations with Mayor Ben Blake and Milford Police Chief Keith Mello about adding School Resource Officers in Milford Public Schools.

School Resource Officers are specially trained police officers who carry guns and become part of the school's environment.

SROs would be part of the Mayor's budget. Dr. Feser was looking to add one SRO at each high school, Jonathan Law and Foran, as well as two or three additional officers throughout the middle schools.

Dr. Feser had talked about adding SRO's prior to Sandy Hook. 

"Many districts in CT have SRO's in place. It's not a new concept, it's been around for a very long time," said Kathy Bonetii of Milford Public Schools. 

Attempts were made to reach the Connecticut State Department of Education regarding the number of School Resource Officers throughout Connecticut.

Dr. Feser described School Resource Officers as a "wonderful benefit in and out of school, wonderful for the community."

Dr. Feser noted that she agreed with Governor Malloy's recent State of the State speech in which he said "more guns are not the answer," but Dr. Feser pointed out that armed Milford Police Officers are already in Milford Schools, teaching the D.A.R.E. program, as well as being present at other school functions and events.


David Chesler January 22, 2013 at 07:38 PM
If the armed officer doesn't do anything when things go down, as at Columbine, it won't help. On the other, if the person who does do something when it happens is not armed, as at Sandy Hook, that doesn't help much either.
David Chesler January 22, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Ronald, I'll have to find the source, but most of these killers have given up and killed themselves as soon as they faced any armed resistance. It's not the style of the weapon that makes it lethal, it is the bullet coming out the front -- a 9mm is a lot more likely to stop with one shot than a .223.
CuriousOrange January 22, 2013 at 08:37 PM
You can't count on suicide, David. At Columbine, two officers fired at the shooter -- and missed. Other shooters are in custody. Today SWAT, ATF and others are searching for a shooter at Lone Star college in TX.
Concerned Parent January 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM
@Ron, the cost should not be a concern if those being protected are our children. I'm sure that parents and other Milford residents would agree.
David Chesler January 23, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Relevance, CuriousOrange, of one Texan shooting another after an argument?


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