I was asked a great question about my “officer in every school” plan. Why isn’t this a school district police issue? My response makes my fundamental argument for the plan.

The problem with trying to do this solely within School PD is more than a money matter. An agency their size does not have the infrastructure to grow that quickly.

Recruiting, hiring, and training, more than 10-15% of an agency’s size per year is very problematic. Metro has the capacity to fill the gaps now and if needed later, absorb school police.

It is not my goal to take over CCSDPD unless there becomes the agreement within the community and agencies involved. That would include CCSD, County Commission, the municipalities and so on. But I need a school police partnership to make my immediate plan work.

If our community wants to feel safer for the children in schools, this is the one thing we can do today. No legislation needed. No arguments over contentious issues like gun controls laws and mental health funding.

Florida’s Governor has called for the same thing statewide in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Two-thirds of our schools here in Clark County have no police officer assigned to campus. Most people don’t know the CCSDPD is down about 20 officers over the last decade. Are parents okay with the fact elementary and middle schools don’t have officers assigned on Clark County?

Two-thirds of our schools here in Clark County have no police officer assigned to campus. Most people don’t know the CCSDPD is down about 20 officers over the last decade. Are parents okay with the fact elementary and middle schools don’t have officers assigned on Clark County?

I admire my School Police brothers and sisters. They are dedicated and well trained. The amount of service they provide is amazing. They protect 358 Schools and 321,648 Students. That’s 223 Elementary schools, 59 Middle schools, 49 High schools, 20 Alternative schools, 7 Special schools. 146 School Police covering 7,910 sq. miles. 98 Officers directly assigned to 49 High Schools (2 per school). Leaving 48 Officers to patrol the remaining 309 schools in the County. That also includes supervisors and the Chief.

We know that middle schools and elementary schools are just as common a target as a high school. But high school is where they need school police for day to day law enforcement in Clark County.

I don’t want us to be like Florida, putting police in every school AFTER loosing 17 children and teachers. No reasonable person will argue that our schools are less of a target than Florida’s. So why wouldn’t we apply the same remedy?

I don’t want us to be like Florida, putting police in every school AFTER loosing 17 children and teachers. No reasonable person will argue that our schools are less of a target than Florida’s. So why wouldn’t we apply the same remedy?

The night before I announced my plan, I watched Andrew Pollack speaking to President Trump about the Daughter he lost at Parkland. It touched me deeply. I can assure you as Sheriff I will hold my head up and say I am doing everything I can to protect your children. I won’t wait for legislators to make new laws that no mass murderer will care about. I won’t say it is a school district problem. I will do what is within my power the day I take office.

Please watch this video of Andrew Pollack asking President Trump to “fix it.” Then help me fix it here. https://youtu.be/cIjkgw4mTKk

On June 12, 2018, vote Tim Bedwell
for Clark County Sheriff

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