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Resource Officers and the pursuit of safer schools

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2012

photo by Jon Stinnett School Resource Officer Taylor Smith observes a passing period at Cottage Grove High School.

The shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, in which 20 small children and several educators were killed by an assailant with an assault rifle, left the world with more questions than answers. Those who witnessed the horror unfolding that morning and who have followed its news coverage since were left to wonder what could make someone prey on young children in such a brutal way.

The questions that persist concern more than just the mindset of shooter Adam Lanza, however. The belief that Newtown could be any small community in America naturally raises such questions as, ‘What could be done to prevent such an incident?’ and ‘could it happen here?’

The Sentinel recently caught up with the Cottage Grove Police Department’s Taylor Smith, who serves as the School Resource Officer (SRO) in charge of patrols at the schools of South Lane School District, and other school and law enforcement officials for a conversation that seems eerily timely in light of Friday’s events.

For the complete article see the 12-19-2012 issue.

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