Are Six Cops Enough for 24 Schools?

Woodbridge residents don't seem to think it's nearly enough to keep Woodbridge students safe. What do YOU think? Tell us!

The Woodbridge Board of Education passed a measure last week to add three more Woodbridge patrolman to the three they already have to patrol the district's 24 schools.

But parents in Woodbridge don't seem to think that's nearly enough officers to adequately keep the schools safe.

"I think that's a great first step but, only 6 patrolmen to cover 24 schools? I would feel better if each school had a full time security guard. Malls have security guards, maybe something like that," said Michele Ladis Frabasile on Woodbridge Patch's Facebook page.

Many of the posters were reacting to the December shootings at a Sandy Hook, Connecticut school that left 20 first grade students dead.

"It's a start but [it] doesnt give me a sigh of relief when only 6 patrolmen guard 24 schools," said Jennifer Lunsden-Chick. 

"There should be at least one in every elementery school in district."

Some commenters on the original article also thought that six policemen for 24 schools didn't cut it, either.

"What do you suppose the odds are that an itinerant police officer would be at a particular building during the exact moment an emergency occurs?" said a poster named LB. "Surely, there must be a more efficient, safe, and cost-effective way to protect our children."

New Woodbridge Schools Superintendent Robert Zega said that doubling the number of police from three to six is a way of trying to protect district students while keeping an eye on costs.

"If you hire someone full time for each building, you're talking about a lot of money," Zega said.

Each of the patrolmen will be driving township police cars, paid for by the township and not the BOE. They will be paid $39 an hour. 

"I am sure retired police would be happy to do it, one at each school for less money," suggested Kimberly Smith-Leonard Schmalenberger. "I am grateful that we have something, though."

Evelyn York said that a policeman wasn't enough protection against an armed assailant. "We need doors to automatically lock when school starts and have a metal detector at the entrances," she said.

"Every teacher should carry mace."

What do you think? Is six patrolmen enough for Woodbridge's 24 schools? Post your comments below.

NotInKansasAnymore February 07, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I love how they're all so worried about spending ALOT OF MONEY when talking about doing something for the schools and students yet they feel their ridiculous salaries and all the family members they get hired are worth the money. Wasn't good ole Dr. Crowe making more then our Governor? Also, does anyone know who the new Assistant Superintendent is?
Kim Leviten February 07, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Something is better than nothing! Thanks Dr. Zega!
keepthepeace February 07, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I know this may not anwer the question in the article, but I am somewhat new here. I have a child who will be attending WHS next year and when I tell people that I get grumbles, stares and the how could you look. Is there any reason I should be concerned. I know there is issues in every school but I haven't heard a positive yet about it. I here drugs and I mean hard drugs are really bad there and the fights are out of control. I also heard there will be a new principal next year not sure if thats good or bad but I am really nervous for my child. Anyone who has children there want to shed some light?
Evita February 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
interesting story. I have to look more into this. I've heard the school system is ok, some mothers say it's great, some say it's not so great. But then again, I have a two month old. Don't think we will still live in Woodbridge when she begins high school but I hope whatever improvements need to take place they are done in the most timely manner.
slyfox1961 February 07, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I know plenty of people who have children in WHS, and it is no better or worse than any other school. People tend to over-react when speaking of children, in my opinion. I know someone who has 2 kids there, and they are both excellent honor role kids, and one is a very involved in the music programs. Drugs are prevelent in every school, everywhere, as they were when I went to WHS in the 70's. If you raised your kids to know right from wrong, there should be no problem. They can't be forced to do drugs or join gangs, it is a choice.
Goldie Locks February 07, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Slyfox is right ... WHS is no better or worse than JFK or CHS. My sons go to WHS and they absolutely love it. My sons have never had a problem with the school. They have enjoyed their time there with the different clubs and sport events that take place. They have also excelled in their studies. I am very pleased with WHS.
Chris Stanley February 07, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Does anyone here wish the B.O.E. would publish the results of their cost-benefit analysis? I have to believe that the highly educated personnel at the B.O.E. are diligent enough to considered other options such as posting a township auxiliary police officer at every school or hiring an outside security firm that has expertise in safeguarding facilities.
gam February 07, 2013 at 08:49 PM
A township auxiliary officer that doesn't carry a gun? an outside security firm? There was a trained Navy Seal that was killed this weekend by someone with a gun he thought he was "helping". All of his training could not save him in the face of a mentally ill person with a gun. An armed police officer at the Newtown school would not have saved those children unless he had shot the shooter before he even showed his weapon. Once that automatic weapon came out there was no time for anyone to disarm or stop him. You can put a cop at every school...but to think it will act as a deterent to a mentally ill person on a mission is simple not true.
Chris Stanley February 07, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yes, precisely. No, you can not prevent every occurrence of violence. To believe otherwise would be naive. But, you can reduce the odds by varying degrees depending on what defensive measures you employ. It's important that you realize that automatic weapons are "machine guns" and they have not been legal for civilian ownership since the 30's without special approval. What you probably meant to write was "semi-automatic weapon." All firearms except some rifles, shotguns and revolver style pistols are semi-automatic.
mrszzano February 07, 2013 at 11:38 PM
"New Woodbridge Schools Superintendent Robert Zega said that doubling the number of police from three to six is a way of trying to protect district students while keeping an eye on costs." If you ask me, I think it's just to make people think they're doing something about security. Really, one police officer for every 4 schools is nothing! Even when schools are fairly close, it's going to take at least 5 minutes to get from one to the other. How much damage can be done by an assault rifle in 5 minutes? It's just a band-aid, Mr. Zega.
Irina February 08, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Someones math is a bit fuzzy....24 schools should equal 24 police!
gam February 08, 2013 at 01:57 AM
You just don't get it....a cop in every school is still not going to give you the security you need against someone coming in the school with a semi-automatic [thanks Chris] weapon .
Al McDorman February 08, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Perhaps the National Guard should fill in during this fiscal crises if that's the common will of the people. I can't help but reflect on how much less anxiety there was back before the days of the internet. I believe if there were NO cops assigned to the schools, life would go on just as it did before this latest out-of-state tragedy.
Irina February 08, 2013 at 04:17 AM
48 cops...2 in each school is even better.


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