June 16, 2020

Amid nationwide movement to reform policing, some call on Boston to remove officers from schools

Read the entire article by Milton J. Valencia and Meghan E. Irons on the Boston Globe.

Amid a nationwide movement to reform police policies, local officials and community activists are calling for Boston to remove police officers from schools, saying their presence is part of the “cradle to prison pipeline” that entangles at-risk students in the criminal justice system.

The officers do not carry guns or mace and are part of the school system rather than the Police Department, but they are deputized to make arrests and some carry handcuffs. They’re often stationed at metal detectors. Supporters say they help keep children safe and defuse situations before they become criminal matters.

But key voices in the city say the very presence of any police officers in schools undermines the educational mission.

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