A former Erie County Sheriff and New York State Trooper wants the upcoming state budget to include money to fund school resource officers in all New York schools.
State Senator Patrick Gallivan said the state should incentivize school districts to hire the officers and move to convert existing part-time positions to full-time posts. The program currently exists in some school districts, including several here in the Finger Lakes. It places a trained law enforcement officer inside schools to provide a level of safety that might not otherwise be available. SRO’s also work on safety plans with staff and administration and present information on safety to students in the classroom.
Gallivan represents the 59th District in the State Senate.