Report on impact of school resource officers in Connecticut schools released


A new report is examining the impact school resource officers have on discipline and academics in Connecticut schools.

Connecticut Voices for Children released the report Thursday morning, which finds that students attending schools with the officers were at greater risk of discipline overall.

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The group says while school resource officers aim to improve school safety, discipline like expulsion and arrests can negatively affect students and harm school climate.

The report found the average number of crimes did not differ significantly between schools with and without officers, but Latino students were arrested six times more often at schools with officers.

The head of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association calls the findings “completely asinine.”

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