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Police in schools deter crime, make sure those who want to learn feel safe


I was a policeman and detective in Chicago for almost three decades. I have seen firsthand the violence and inhumanity that happens daily in this city. Chicago’s public schools have never been a haven from the crime that plagues the surrounding neighborhoods.

While I agree that there has been progress in cracking down on violence in schools without the need for the police, schools often continue to be breeding grounds for gang violence, as do streets of the most violent neighborhoods. Armed security guards and metal detectors remain as necessary as textbooks and a cafeteria.

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For years, the police have acted not only as a visible deterrent to those who might commit crimes at school, but also as a comfort to those who are actually in school to learn and want to feel safe. while doing it.

While your op-ed on alternatives to the police has some merit, you failed to mention the most important thing in a student’s life and chance for success: a support system that includes involved parents or other caregivers to keep these children on track.

Too many of these children are “raised on the street” without parents or other positive influences. This is what causes the school-to-jail pipeline.

While I can agree that school officer training is lacking and some officers are ill-prepared to deal with the challenges of inner-city schools, discipline and respect start at home.

Joseph Bowes, Mount Greenwood

Child safety

I have heard all kinds of ridiculous statements and outright lies from politicians over the past six years. But Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the most ridiculous. in the womb as they are in the classroom.

John H. Egan, Palos Park