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Could this school’s police program be a model for the country?


Every school day, Simpsonville, S.C., police officer Justin Chandler patrols the halls of Plain Elementary School, the Huffington Post reports. But Chandler is not a school resource officer, a position typically filled by specially trained officers who are stationed at schools to bolster security. Unlike many armed guards in public schools, Chandler’s position comes at no extra cost to local taxpayers. According to a segment of “Today” that aired Wednesday, the town pays Chandler his regular police salary, and he voluntarily works out of the school, instead of the local police station. “All I needed from the school was a desk and WiFi,” Chandler told “Today.” While sources of funding for school resource officer programs vary by locality, many districts receive financial backing from the government or through private grants…

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