Will police radios in schools help?
Last Friday, the Janesville Police Department, the Janesville School District and the Rock County Communications Center announced plans for “Operation Direct Connect.” It involves putting a police radio in each of the district’s 20 schools.
The radios are designed to help shave precious seconds or even minutes off the time it takes police officers to respond to a shooting or threat. Reporter Ann Marie Ames covered a news conference announcing the plan.
Some people believe the best solution is to station armed officers at every school. Police liaison officers work at Parker and Craig high schools and the district’s three middle schools, but you would need 15 more to put one at every elementary and charter school.
Is that idea unrealistic? Is this plan to install police radios the next best thing, as school Superintendent Karen Schulte suggests?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Saturday.