71. How can police best serve and protect schools?

What I Want to Know with Kevin P. Chavous

Oct 12 2022 • 21 mins

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2018 nearly half of all U.S. public schools had at least one security officer present.

As schools adjust their own security policies following the horrific shootings at a school in Uvalde, Texas, many school leaders and parents are wondering about the role of police in schools.  Is it necessary to have armed security on every campus? What is the appropriate role for officers when it comes to safety, discipline, and education? And in light of tragedies like Uvalde, should anything change about the role of police in the education system?

Chief Ronald Applin of the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department joins Kevin to discuss the role police play in schools and how their presence can help students.