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Notes: Advisory group recommends funding for Alexandria SRO program

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A report filed ahead of a School Board meeting tonight (Thursday) shows the School Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP) is recommending the city continue funding School Resource Officers (SROs), WUSA9 first reported.

SLEP, a partnership set up to advise the leadership of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), filed a report with recommendations that is docketed for review at tonight’s meeting.

There is a long history of SROs being defunded — then refunded — in a tug-of-war between the School Board and City Council. Adding to the chaos, some SROs were later replaced after an allegation of alleged sexually inappropriate conversations.

The report filed to the School Board shows the SLEP voted to recommend continuing to fund the SRO program.

“SROs are part of a holistic program, and will not independently solve safety concerns — but they belong in the mix, and will require continued funding at either current or elevated levels,” a presentation of the report said. “Removing SROs would send a message to many families and community members that ACPS does not take seriously the violence that has occurred at regular intervals in the last year.”

There are seventeen recommendations in total in the presentation, which is available online.

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