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Burlington police chief urges schools to keep officers

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Chief Mike Schirling Chief Mike Schirling
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Burlington's police chief is asking the city's school board to not let his officers be casualties of the budget battle.

Chief Mike Schirling asked the board during a meeting to make sure no cuts are made to the school resource officer program.

There are currently two full-time officers in Burlington schools.

Schirling says from major events to everyday help, these officers play a vital role in helping keep students safe.

"From bullying, to drugs and drug abuse prevention. And they deal with a lot of our most at risk kids whose environments in the home are often not conducive to coming to school ready to learn," he said.

Schirling says the district currently pays $50,000 a year for the two officers.
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