Survey Finds Schools Had Fewer Armed and Resource Officers in 2021-22

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( – The National Center for Education Statistics Schools has found that school districts had fewer armed and resource officers readily available during the 2021-2022 school year.

The Hill reported that on Wednesday, January 17, a survey was released which examined security in schools. According to the findings, despite the increased worries about school shootings, there was an overall decline in the number of on-hand officers.

In the 2021-2022 school year, 44 percent of schools stated that they had a school resource officer on their premises. This marks a 5 percent decrease when compared to the 2019-2020 academic year. The number of officers with firearms on school premises also reduced by 6 percent, going from 51 percent to 45 percent in the 2021-2022 academic year.

In terms of the number of violent incidents reported, 67 percent of public schools reported such incidents. However, there was a slight decrease of 34 percent in the usage of illegal substances at public schools when comparing the 2021-2022 school year to the 2018-2019 school year.

According to The Hill, the National Center for Education Statistics commissioner Peggy G. Carr stated that these critically important data have revealed some of the challenges that public schools are facing. These challenges, which distract from education, include bullying, substance use, and violence. She added that simultaneously, the statistics offered insight into the ways that public schools were “stepping up” to provide students with support that extended apart from just academics. She pointed pointed out the survey found that nine in ten schools have increased emotional and social support available for students.

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