"A school has to make a choice either to fund student safety or education." School resource officers mentor students, teach anti-drug courses and online bullying prevention and enforce the law, mainly in high schools. Many rural communities depend on RCMP for these officers. In Edmonton and Calgary the officers are city police. Evans said the officers benefit students, families and their communities. The lack of direct funding represents a downloading of the province's responsibility to fund safe and secure schools onto communities and school boards, she said.
"A school has to make a choice either to fund student safety or education."
Police association blames inadequate funding
The Alberta Association of Police Governance passed a motion calling on the former Progressive Conservative government to take action. Former justice minister Jonathan Denis responded with a letter in 2013 saying he supported the idea in principle, but, "given the current fiscal climate of restraint the province is not planning to provide financial assistance in the foreseeable future." The government at the time said it was up to municipalities and police to decide how to best spend their funding. The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties represents 69 communities in rural areas. Evans said she believes the resolution will receive solid support when it comes to a vote. "I think other communities feel the same way," she said. "It is time to recognize the value of this program."
"It is time to recognize the value of this program."
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