Kzoo approves cops in schools

The city will continue a program that places officers in each of KPS's two main high schools.

Kalamazoo city leaders Monday night agreed to continue a partnership with Kalamazoo Public Schools that will put a public safety officer in each of its two main high schools.

What Happened: Kalamazoo City Commissioners unanimously voted to continue the School Resource Officer (SRO) partnership with KPS. Under the plan, one officer will be stationed at Kalamazoo Central High School and one at Loy Norrix High School.

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Why It Matters: The role of police in schools came under fire during the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer. Some people argue police don’t actually keep kids safe. At least one study has shown that arrests of children increase once a police officer is posted in a school.

KPS Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri told city commissioners that officers don’t intervene in student conduct unless it’s absolutely essential.

“SROs are never the front line or even the second, third or fourth line,” she said.

Despite that, district data shows officers at Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central are busy. A presentation by the district showed that in the 2018-19 school year there were 299 service calls and five arrests between the two high schools.

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