When NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced Operation School Shield, a program that would place officers in public schools, during a presentation in December last year, democrats were in arms.
Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz said, “I refuse to believe that our schools have to become armed encampments where our children don’t feel safe,” according to Minnesota Public Radio.
However, in the city of Jordan, Minnesota, schools are beginning to do just that.
“It’s time for us to do something, said City Council Member, Tom Boncher, according to the Star Tribune. “Cities and school districts can no longer wait for someone to come up with solutions.”
Police will begin moving some of it’s forces into schools next month, according to Shakopee News. There will be one officer in each school.
Jordan School Board members unanimously approved the plan on Jan. 28 during their regularly scheduled board meeting, though there are sill many unknowns in the plan, according to Shakopee News.
In a letter to school officials, Jordan Police Chief Bob Malz said he estimated it would cost $20,000 to set up offices for officers in participating schools.
Though officers will be located in various schools in Jordan, Board Chairwoman Deb Pauly noted that school staff should keep in mind that normal police business protocol will still be in place. Requests should still continue to go through city hall, according to the Star Tribune.
According to Minnesota Public Radio news, Currently there are 16 armed officers who work as “liasion officers” in more than 70 Minneapolis public schools.