Get Cops Out of Schools

Police do not make schools safer.

Instead, having more than 5,300 officers in schools across New York City increases the chances students will get arrested, often for minor misbehavior. And those arrests make it more likely students will drop out, fueling the school-to-prison pipeline.

Tell city leaders: Get cops out of our public schools.

Message Recipients:

Mayor Eric Adams
Speaker Adrienne Adams

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Get Cops out of schools

We are in the midst of reimagining education and public safety in our country.

One thing we’ve known for a long time: police do not make schools safer.

More than 5,300 police officers are assigned to New York City schools, increasing the likelihood that students experience abuse and arrest when they should be met with compassion and inclusion.

I am writing to demand that you remove police officers from our schools. At the same time, the Schools Chancellor must be tasked with eliminating the use of 911 to bring officers into schools in non-emergency situations.

For decades, police in schools have overwhelmingly targeted Black and Latinx students, brutalizing them, criminalizing their youthful behavior, and making their schools feel more like prisons.

The City should significantly reduce the money it spends on policing Black and Brown communities, and use that money to protect school budgets. The budget adopted in June 2020 does not do this.

We must get cops out of the classroom and fund real educational solutions.


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