Role of Police in Schools: National Survey Results From Public Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies

Julie Kiernan Coon, University of Cincinnati
Luahna L. Winningham, University of Cincinnati
Lawrence F. Travis III, University of Cincinnati

National concern about school safety raises questions about how law enforcement should be involved in schools. This paper presents results from a national survey of public schools and their affiliated law enforcement agencies. Principals were asked to describe school problems and how law enforcement works with their schools to address these issues. Law enforcement officials responded to similar questions regarding the nature and extent of their involvement with these schools. The analysis includes a comparison of principal and police responses. Observations from recent site visits to schools and law enforcement agencies are also discussed.

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