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Portland Superintendent Says He’s ‘Discontinuing’ Presence Of Armed Police Officers In Schools

Portland Public Schools will no longer have city police officers patrol the halls of its nine high schools.

Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero on Thursday announced that the state’s largest school district is “discontinuing the regular presence of school resource officers,” saying he intends to invest in more social workers, counselors and culturally specific supports for students.

Guerrero’s decision is an about-face from spring 2019, when he and his counterparts in two other school districts in the city of Portland — David Douglas and Parkrose — told city officials they wanted the officers to remain stationed in their schools, they just didn’t want to pay for them.

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