Iowa school district considers police officers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City school district says it’ll weigh public input before deciding whether to put armed police officers in high schools and junior high schools.

The Iowa City Community School District says it’s been talking with local law enforcement about adding school resource officers. They would be employed by the Iowa City Police Department but work extensively with the schools.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/11nWEuJ ) a grant program could pay for two school resource officers to split their time between six secondary schools. Under the current policy, police officers are not assigned to specific schools but respond to school calls and make other non-emergency stops.

The Iowa City School Board says it will seek community opinion, and there’s no timeline for making a decision.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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