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New City Council Bills Question Police's Role in Public Schools

03.03.2021 | Uptown Radio | One of the bills introduced last month in the City Council seeks to shift safety agents from the NYPD to the Department of Education. Another establishes new procedures for police responding to students in crisis. It would also require more training in de-escalation and restorative justice techniques. And limit the use of handcuffs. Rohini Singh is a staff attorney with Advocates for Children’s School Justice, and helped the council members draft the bills. She says ultimately, police shouldn’t be in schools at all. But for now, "while police are still in schools and around schools they should know what they can and can't do when it comes to a student that's experienced an emotional crisis." Listen to story