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Cash voices support for school police force

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash wants lawmakers to pass a bill that will allow the school district to establish it's own police force.

Thursday, Cash said he would urge lawmakers to allow Memphis City Schools to establish its own police force, because he's convinced it would keep the city's school children safer.

Cash says a police force of 90 officers would allow for one officer at every middle school and two officers at every high school.  The officers would replace the 37 security officers and 42 Memphis police officers assigned to the city's Middle and High Schools.

Dr. Cash said research shows school police departments work, saying that school districts with their own police forces improve student safety.

"When we look at the research, it suggests that when school districts have police forces, and there are many cities large and small that have them, and they can focus their efforts just on school safety, the results are much more effective," Cash said.

If legislators passed such a measure, the MCS Police Department's officers would be trained to deal with youth, and would have the authority to arrest students and transport them to detention facilities.  School Security Officers in place now don't have that authority.

Cash said a MCS Police Department is already in the school system's budget, and would cost $7.7 million.  The bill, sponsored by two Memphis lawmakers, has not been heard by any committee yet.

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