As recently as 2014, Montgomery County only had 6 police officers in schools. Today there are armed police officers, also known as school resource officers (SROs), in each of Montgomery County’s 26 public high schools. The SROs are in addition to 249 security staff members. No national or Maryland study has found that SROs decrease school violence.
Since the introduction of the SRO Removal Bill, only Councilmember Will Jawando, Councilmember Hans Riemer, and Council President Tom Hucker have committed to ending the SRO program. Want to read more about the positions of each Councilmember on police free schools? Click on the image below for a downloadable scorecard of Councilmembers’ positions on Bill 46-20, the SRO removal bill, and then scroll down to the action alert below to send a message to Councilmembers and County Executive Elrich urging them to support ending the SRO program.