Following the shooting at Dixon High School more and more schools are now looking at putting resource officers in their schools.
In Oregon recently the school board has been looking into a resource officer there. Other Ogle County schools are doing the same.
Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Murrow is in total agreement concerning the need for resource officers. Murrow said the big sticking point for some schools is the cost they need to come up with for the officer to be in the schools. However Murrow says you cannot put a price tag on security of students.
Murrow said there is no doubt having a resource officer at Dixon High School saved lives.
He further said the state and federal government can pass all the laws and increase all the penalties they want and that will not protect a single person. As Murrow put it, laws are a poor deterrent to a person in that state of mind.
He said a resource officer is the only defense to protect the students and staff in that situation.