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Custer County leaders ignore voters' will on school officer program

2011-07-12T00:00:00Z 2011-07-12T08:20:13Z Custer County leaders ignore voters' will on school officer program The Billings Gazette
July 12, 2011 12:00 am

We are attempting to reach the voters of Miles City, Custer County and all of our local legislative bodies (mayor, City Council, county commissioners and school administration). It is our understanding that all of these people are complicit in the funding of the school resource officer for the upcoming school term. It is irrelevant that the money is coming from three different coffers (one-third city, one-third county, one-third school district). All of the money comes from the taxpayers of Miles City and Custer County.

This issue was voted on Nov. 2, 2010. The results were 1,184 for and 1,485 against for the continuation of the program.

The taxpaying voters deserve to be informed as to what the justification is for having a police officer and a police car assigned to the school system.

The primary role of a police officer is preventing and addressing crime. There has never been any public information of criminal activity in the schools.

If problems are occurring, they're most likely disciplinary in nature. School counselors and administrators are trained to address children's behavioral infractions. A police officer's training does not address these skills.

The action being taken by the elected and appointed officials is nothing less than arrogant disregard for the will of the people.

It appears our vote doesn't mean anything anymore and is nothing more than an act of futility.

Truth is truth. If a thousand people believe something foolish, it is still foolish. So much for democracy and the power of the ballot box.

Jim and Cecile Certain

Miles City

 

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