Boyles: School resource officer issue between school board and sheriff


Nathan Boyles, Okaloosa County commissioner (District 3)

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Whether all Okaloosa County elementary schools should have school resource officers is a matter between the school board and sheriff, County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said.

Since Sheriff Larry Ashley ordered 26 sheriff’s deputies be shifted from regular duties to elementary schools following the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, residents have been vocal about how to deal with gun violence. 

Thursday, during a Friends of the Library meeting, Harry Tipton of Crestview said he thought the matter was being blown out of proportion.

"A lot of this is overkill and hype because of the excessive publicity," he said. "We don't really need a resource officer at every school."

Boyles, the library’s guest speaker, said the issue rests between the school board and sheriff. Commissioners decide on the sheriff's office budget and Ashley decides on the best uses for that budget, he said.

Still, Boyles said, he favors the decision to have an officer in elementary schools.

"I went to Baker School and I remember both of the resource officers that we had in a positive way," he said. "I think it's a way to expose our children to the positive side of the law."

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