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La Crosse asst. police chief discusses school safety, says one officer per school is enough



A vote today in Madison on a school safety bill.

The state Assembly votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s plan that would, among other things, create a $100-million grant program for schools to improve safety, in largely in physical ways. The state Senate approved the same bill on Tuesday. Neither of which addressed guns or arming school staff.

But, schools might be able to use the awarded grant money to fund additional police. La Crosse assistant police chief Rob Abraham, in the WIZM studio Wednesday, said one resource officer is enough for La Crosse’s schools.

“Having two officers in the schools, personally, I just don’t see that as a reality,” Abraham said. “I just don’t think two officers in a school would work here for us. It just would seem to me to be overkill.”

Abraham added that the value of armed school resource officers was proven by the officer that stopped the shooting threat in a Maryland high school this week. But should there be armed teachers, as well?

“Personally, I would like to leave that duty up to the school resource officer and let the teachers teach,” he said. “Am I completely opposed to principals and other administrators being armed? No.”

You can listen to the entire interview with Abraham below.

Asst. Police Chief Rob Abraham in studio. #WIZM Call or TEXT 608.785.7914

Posted by 1410 WIZM – La Crosse’s News Station on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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