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NYC college security brokers ranks have thinned 36 % amid rise in gun busts

Amid an alarming surge in scholar gun seizures, NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison revealed Monday that the town’s college security agent drive has plunged by 36 % lately.

Speaking at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s every day briefing, Harrison stated their ranks has eroded from a excessive of 5,000 to only 3,200 presently.

The senior cop’s feedback got here after 5 weapons — a number of of them loaded — had been confiscated from college students inside metropolis colleges simply final week.

Officials had been additionally jarred by viral footage of a violent brawl at Susan Wagner High School on Staten Island on Friday that left a security agent tumbling to the ground and a dean blooded whereas retrieving a scholar’s knife.

De Blasio effusively praised the brokers and the NYPD for the firearm confiscations Monday and highlighted their collaborative function in sustaining college security.

“The work of our school safety agents, the work of the NYPD, has kept our schools much safer than they used to be,” de Blasio stated. “Much much safer than they used to be.”

“School safety, NYPD, they’ve done a great job of finding these weapons before they can do any harm, thank God,” he stated.

School Chancellor Meisha Porter was equally vigorous in extolling the unarmed brokers, who’re 90 % black and Hispanic and 70 % ladies.

According to Harrison, the number of school safety officers declined from 5,000 to just 3,200 currently.
According to Harrison, the variety of college security officers declined from 5,000 to only 3,200 presently.
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“I want to thank the NYPD, Chief Harrison, for their partnership,” she stated. “Our goal is to keep our students and our communities safe together. And also really want to thank the school safety agents. I think what’s important to note is that recognizing that we got those weapons off the street also recognizes that our systems are working.”

Monday’s commendations come amid an ongoing City Hall push to switch management of college security brokers from the NYPD to the Department of Education.

Critics of the present college security construction argue that the brokers — and metallic detectors — promote a hostile and antagonistic local weather for metropolis college students.

Upper West Side City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal stated the brokers are a part of a “paramilitary” group at a February assembly the place a number of lawmakers recoiled at a plan to rent 475 new brokers.

Councilman Mark Treyger was additionally essential of that proposal, and has lengthy argued that a few of the monies earmarked for varsity security brokers could be higher used to rent extra social staff and steering counselors.

Heightened emphasis in these areas, he and others assert, would assist to preemptively curb misconduct within the nation’s largest college system.

Other advocacy teams have referred to as for the outright elimination of college security brokers from metropolis colleges and characterize their affiliation with the NYPD as inherently poisonous, calls that intensified within the aftermath of the police slaying of George Floyd final yr.

Harrison stated Monday that 250 extra brokers will increase the present drive in November — the primary new brokers since 2019.

School security agent union chief Greg Floyd juxtaposed the general public embrace of college security brokers at Monday’s press convention with City Hall’s concurrent coverage pursuits.

“Their words don’t match their actions,” he stated Monday. “The actions under Mayor de Blasio are to remove school safety from the police department and place them with the Department of Education. Today’s press conference contradicts his actions from last year.”

The DOE stated Monday that handing college security duties to them will enhance stability and security in metropolis colleges.

There are 250 new school safety officers set to begin working in November.
There are 250 new college security officers set to start working in November.
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“School Safety Agents are a crucial reason why our schools are safe — the transition to DOE will allow for even greater integration into school communities,” stated spokesman Nathaniel Styer.

Agent staffing shortfalls have been exacerbated by the town’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for all DOE staffers. Roughly 400 college security brokers have been faraway from payroll for not complying with the mandate.

Hundreds of college security brokers refused to take the shot and have since been taken off payroll and faraway from DOE buildings.

Ongoing personnel deficits had been thrown into graphic aid final week with the chaotic brawl at Wagner and different violent incidents at metropolis colleges.

Wagner usually staffs about 14 security brokers however solely had seven available throughout Friday’s melee, officers stated.