NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake is doubling down on his commitment to keep schools safe.
While Gov. Bill Lee has pushed for school resource officers (SROs) in every school, Drake said staffing shortages limited his department’s ability to hire fulltime SROs in Metro Nashville’s 70 elementary schools. Nonetheless, on Saturday, July 15, Drake explained other plans in place to secure schools in the upcoming academic year.
“Over the last day or so, people have questioned our police department and my commitment to the safety of our schools,” Drake said. “My commitment has never wavered. In fact, it’s even stronger for the 2023 school year.”
“We have 530 square miles in Davidson County, and with the level of our staffing, we can’t pull 70 officers away from the streets of Nashville, keeping our communities safe, and put them in schools at this time,” Drake said. “If we accepted [the grant] right now, we would have to have those positions filled by June…30, 2024. Otherwise, we have to give it back, and we can’t accept funding if we don’t have those positions.”
Drake said the department’s goal is to one day fill the 70 fulltime elementary SRO positions. In the meantime, he will add a new School Rapid Response Team of highly-trained officers to respond to emergencies. Also, each precinct will send extra patrols around elementary schools.
I understand. if you need cops and don’t have them, you either hire from other agencies or more than likely they have to be trained and have at least a year on the job to shake the rookie thing. But then again, the idea is to have somebody to respond to an immediate threat with deadly force which could be done by training school personnel.
But that would make the Usual Political Suspects lose their minds and they cannot have that.
And Gun Control donation money feeds out of the blood of children.