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Safe Havens executive director surprised by lack of armed security in Spokane schools

Jim AllenMay 24, 2019

The contentious issue of arming campus resource officers in Spokane Public Schools just returned to the front burner, following the recommendation from a national expert to do just that.

Following a seven-monthlong study, Michael Dorn, executive director of nonprofit school safety organization Safe Havens International, urged the district’s board of directors on Wednesday night to “develop a thoughtfully implemented approach to providing some form of preventive coverage by law enforcement personnel.”

Dorn also acknowledged the divide in Spokane over arming resource officers, one that he called deeper than most of the hundreds of school districts assessed by Safe Havens.

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