Cuccinelli gives the nod to public funds going to private school security
Mr. Cuccinelli’s little-noticed official advisory opinion, which does not carry the force of law, was issued earlier this summer in response to an inquiry from Sheriff Michael W. Taylor of Pittsylvania County. The sheriff asked whether the local board of supervisors has the legal authority to provide school resource officers funded at county expense to local private schools.
The personnel are uniformed, armed and sworn officers and deputies of local police departments and sheriffs’ offices who are assigned primarily to Virginia’s middle and high schools.
In the opinion, Mr. Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, wrote that one of the most important functions of local government is public safety and the exercise of police powers to achieve that safety.
“The Supreme Court of Virginia has construed broadly this general grant of police powers to localities when public safety and morals are involved,” he wrote. “Accordingly, it is reasonable to anticipate that local governments may provide funding for law-enforcement positions to be assigned the duties of school resource officers in private as well as public schools located within their jurisdiction, so as to provide for the safety of all children attending school within their jurisdiction.”
So the bottom line is that private schools can get public funds for security. What is the difference in getting private funds for a security officer and getting private funds for a teacher or administrator?
Prince William County Schools pay for their school resource officers. Correction: Prince William County Police Dept. pays for school resource officers locally.
If I am interpreting what I read correctly, schools like Montessori, Manassas Christian, Elizabeth Seton, etc. can apply for grants and get tax payer funded school security. It makes perfect sense that in an emergency all places within a jurisdiction would have police services. Police services in an emergency is not what this is all about. It’s about providing full time security.
Schools should provide their own security. That is part of their operational costs. Cuccinelli again has his own agenda on the move. When will the public have to pay for their teachers also? Just askin’