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Cops in Schools

In Misc., New York City on June 7, 2006 at 10:12 pm

Earlier this week, City Limits reported the findings of a recent study done by NYU Wagner students on NYC's Impact Schools Initiative, which places extra police and security in schools that are considered to be "at risk" of higher crime and disorder.

The article says:

"Putting police officers in violence-prone schools may cut crime, but it also increases tensions, turns harmless disputes into criminal matters and is perceived by many students as racially biased…."

"The Wagner report found that the program has also increased expulsions and that many students in these schools get criminal records for incidents that would not be treated as criminal offenses if they were committed in schools with less police presence. 'The Impact Initiative is a quick-fix to lower the number of crimes and it ignores the educational and psychological aspect of violence,' said Roberta Thomas, who recently graduated from the Wagner program and worked on the report."

 

By the looks of it, the city treats crime in schools the same way it treats other crime and quality of life issues: arresting and punishing "offenders" without looking into more long term solutions or the bigger picture of the problems.  I guess we can add children in Impact Schools to the list of groups that have been subject to policies of overpolicing (ie the homeless, protestors, and victims of policies such as racial profiling and the wars on terror and drugs)?

 

A few more links on Impact Schools in NYC:

And a link to a good organization working on topics along these lines:

 

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