Peel police end school resource officer program, cite negative impact on students

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Nov 20th, 2020

MISSISSAUGA — Police in Peel Region have ended a program that placed officers in schools, saying it found the long-running initiative had a negative impact on parts of the student population

The force that serves the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon says it paused school resource officer program in July.

It says the program, which largely served high schools, had not changed in more than 20 years.

The force says it conducted community consultations over the summer and found that change was necessary.

It says police will continue to work with the community on programming that engages students.

The development in Peel comes after the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board voted to end a similar program in June, while Toronto eliminated its school resource officer program in 2017.

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