SRO Removal Resources

Police Don’t Make Schools Safe:
● “Safety does not exist when Black and Brown young people are forced to interact with a system of policing that views them as a threat and not as students.”
○ From “We Came to Learn” report by Advancement Project
● Police officers on campus don’t make our students safer
○ Police presence increases criminalization & pushout of Black and Brown students
○ “schools with police reported 3.5 times as many arrests as schools without police.” -- ACLU study: Cops & No Counselors
○ When in a school space, cops are still cops. They do what they’re trained to do -- detain, handcuff and arrest. They’re not counselors or behavioral interventionists
● Police on campus actually put disabled students & students of color at higher risk of harm & trauma
○ Many schools sites with SROs don’t have counselors, social workers or other key resources
■ Teachers and admin are under-resourced and rely on officers for discipline
■ This most commonly impacts disabled students and students of color
■ Students w/ disabilities are 2.9 times more often than those without
■ Black & Native American girls are arrested at 3.5 - 4 times the rate of white girls
● Many students, especially Black and Brown youth, feel unsafe around police
○ Police violence against Black and Brown communities has traumatized many young people

○ For undocumented and mixed status families police presence causes increased

fear and anxiety around deportation.
● School police do not prevent school shootings or other campus violence

○ Majority of incidents school police respond to are physical altercations without
weapons or threats without weapons (95%)
○ Violent incidents with weapons on campus account for less than 1 percent of all incidents school police respond to nationally

● Removing police from campus DOES NOT increase fights or violence

We Keep Us Safe:
● Black and Brown communities have developed many alternatives to policing that help
keep our communities safe

○ Relationships are at the center of these practices

● When schools are communities of trust -- where students, teachers and admin know
each other and talk to each other -- students feel safer.

○ Students who feel supported by staff can talk about their fears, worries and concerns
○ When teachers turn to police for enforcement of behavior or minor issues this

erodes trust

● Social emotional supports and counseling are key to understanding and addressing behavior that may otherwise be criminalized by police

○ Students act out when they don’t feel seen or supported
○ Investing in resources like school counselors and Relationship Centered Schools are key to offering a safe environment on campus

● We have the solutions

○ Students and community advocates have been clear -- counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses and other support staff are the answer to making
school safe NOT COPs
○ CA public schools have 2x as many school police as social workers
○ CA doesn’t meet the recommended ratio of students to counselors, social workers, nurses or psychologists

1. Many students, especially Black and Brown youth, feel unsafe around police

○ Police violence against Black and Brown communities has traumatized many

young people

○ For undocumented and mixed status families police presence causes increased

fear and anxiety around deportation.


2. A recent report from ACLU showed that students with disabilities are arrested 2.9 times
more than those without, and that Black and Native American girls are arrested at 3.5-4
times the rate of white girls.


3. Police on campus actually put disabled students & students of color at higher risk of
harm & trauma

○ Many schools sites with SROs don’t have counselors, social workers or other key

resources

○ Teachers and admin are under-resourced and rely on officers for

discipline