Miami-Dade to plan for permanent cops at all schools - EntornoInteligente / MiamiHerald / Miami-Dade political leaders want to develop a plan for putting police officers on all school campuses across the county.

Having sworn officers at all schools is a requirement under a bipartisan guns bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Friday, but Miami-Dade officials had already begun the conversation about how to make that happen. Besides beefing up police presence across all schools, elected officials want to bolster training across agencies and create a data-sharing partnership to identify potential threats.

The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spurred the new legislation, rekindled a national debate on gun laws and ignited a local conversation on how to prevent a similar incident across the bureaucracies in Miami-Dade County, from municipal halls to the the countywide police force.

Under the new law, the state will provide $162 million for school officers at public schools across the state. But even Miami-Dade’s cut of the newly allocated funds dedicated to enhancing school safety might not be enough to pay for at least one cop at every primary and secondary public school, as well as the interagency training envisioned by local leaders. And several officials want to make sure private schools are covered as well.

Miami-Dade to plan for permanent cops at all schools

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