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The best $72,000 we’ll ever spend

The officer, Johns said, could serve several purposes, including security for the school as well as keeping a trained professional available in the event of an emergency.

“And school resource officers often build a rapport with young people,” he said. “That makes it easier for them to approach police when they have a problem or concern. That can also help police with investigations.”

The hurdle? It would cost $72,000 a year to add a school resource officer. Johns searched for grant money but came up empty-handed.

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say the state spent more than $72,000 taxying Gov. Cuomo around in a state police helicopter two weeks ago so he could win his own rafting festival in Indian Lake.

Add to that what taxpayers shelled out to protect him while he was here — he had a security detail and entourage — and you could probably pay the salary of a public resource officer for years to come with that kind of money.

It’s about priorities, plain and simple. Or should we say lack thereof, and our school kids are getting the short end of the security stick.

It is time to put an end to that.

If the Obama Administration and our federal lawmakers really want to make a meaningful impact on decreasing the number or severity of school shootings, they should put their money where their mouths are and fund full-time resource officers for every public school in the nation.

Do we want shootouts in our schools? Of course not. But these would be professional officers patrolling our hallways, trained to use lethal force only as a last resort when the lives of children are at stake.

It could operate much like the Federal Air Marshal Service. The consequence of improperly discharging a firearm on a plane would undoubtedly be a major tragedy — and yet the air marshals, because of their training and equipment, have an impeccable record.

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