Top SRO in La. District: More Officers Not Needed

Monday, October 29, 2012

Some Lafayette Parish School Board members want increased police presence at larger middle and high school campuses, but the current rate of criminal activity at the schools doesn’t warrant the added officers, the supervisor of the district’s school resource officers said.

“I don’t see the need to add additional personnel based on criminal activity,” Lafayette Police Sgt. Mark Francis said.

He supervises the 10 police officers assigned to 11 Lafayette city schools. “If (the school district) wants to step up because of population, that would be their choice to do that,” Francis said. “We feel confident based on the officers and numbers we have in the system now.”

School resource officers are law enforcement officers who work on school campuses. Schools outside of the city limits are staffed by officers from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Carencro Police Department, Scott Police Department and Broussard Police Department.

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