As a former member of Ridgefield’s BOE, it disturbs me how quickly our politicians forget the past. In the days following the Newtown tragedy, my fellow board members and I voted unanimously on a series of security measures, including the addition of two “security resource officers” to protect the children in our care. In Ridgefield, our SROs have a significant and positive relationship with schools. SROs know our students, partner with teachers and families, and provide critical facility security.
Sen. Chris Murphy’s 15-page bill, BOM20457, will eliminate this partnership. As a taxpayer, you will no longer get a decision on the staffing mix in your local school. If this bill passes, say goodbye to police managing school traffic at drop off! Say goodbye to DARE! Say goodbye to Officer Luis being a constant presence at RHS!