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Budget Hearing Focuses on Student Resource Officers

The vast majority of questions asked at this years budget public hearing were about SROs.

Members of the Brookfield Board of Finance (BOF), Board of Selectmen (BOS) and Board of Education (BOE) held a public hearing on the 2013-14 budget Tuesday night, answering questions from the public that largely centered on the proposal to add two School Resource Officers (SROs) to increase overall safety at the schools.

View the videos above for more from the question and answer session.

The BOF will have one more opportunity to adjust the $59,420,000 proposal at a Tuesday, April 16 meeting before the Annual Town Meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. on May 7 in the Brookfield High School (BHS) auditorium.

The BOE will also be making final adjustments before the Annual Meeting, .

Residents in attendance at the Town Meeting will set the date for the referendum, suggested for Tuesday, May 21.

Dig into the proposed 2013-14 budget using this searchable database.

Sam April 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Rent a cop, non union of course
Antonio Villanueva April 10, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I believe the comments about SRO training were misleading and inaccurate. SRO training is a week to ten days ON TOP OF standard police officer training. Correct me if I am wrong. This is not someone straight off the street.
Missy April 10, 2013 at 04:30 PM
That is correct, SROs have the same training as every other police officer in the field - plus specialized training to work with specific school age children. Even in their basic training they are taught how to best deal with the growing issues facing children. They have an excellent reputation is school districts in this country.
Carol April 11, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Didn't Richard Saluga speak? Where is his speech?
John Mainhart April 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I respect those souls who want to protect their sons and daughters, but I am greatly concerned that all our answers to violence seem to enlarge our already too large police state in this once free country. Many times our focus on being safe erodes our freedom and ,makes us more fearful ,of our ,fellow human beings. I believe confronting our fears in this way will make us regret the country we have created.
Publius April 15, 2013 at 01:03 AM
If the desire was to keep our children safe, statistically, the best use of money would be to install seat belts in the school buses. Instead, we're going to deal with a short term reaction to an unpreventable event by committing to a long term expansion of the police force, with the attendant benefit and retirement expenses. School is the place where we will prepare our children for the future. As we are in this pattern of response, that future will inevitably move us closer to being a police state. We may as well get them used to having a policeman watching their every move from a young age.
Jeff Albarn April 15, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Absolutely makes sense to install a police presence in every single school in town. It's no different than installing locks on the school door...albeit with associated costs on a grander scale...Let's work to eliminate the countless ":assistant to the assistant" administrative roles in our government and schools if we have to, but it's the one thing that the inhabitants of Brookfield could vote through that could be an visible, appropriate response to the events that precipitated this conversation. Does it create more of a "police state" like John Mainhart proposes? Perhaps, but no more than already exists...I would offer a police presence in schools develops a respect for the badge and a better sense of security and would be an adequate response rather than posturing about costs and the fear of a receding Newbury that really hasn't existed in 225 years... Gary Gramling, Joey Lamparelli, and Maureen Will were all repurposed at points in their respective careers to address a growing need to develop a relationship with the youth, and this is no different. It's now time to more than have one of our finest donning a McGruff the Crime Dog costume...

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