Mayor Removes Armed Police From All New York City Public Schools

NYPD officers will no longer be assigned to any of the city's 1,700 schools.

New York, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has followed through with his plan to remove police officers from all New York City public schools, despite nationwide demands for increased school security in the wake of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

“There’s nothing more terrifying than putting more guns in our kids schools,” de Blasio told WPIX just after the attack, during which 17 people were murdered, and 14 more were wounded.

De Blasio had planned to remove New York Police Department (NYPD) officers even before the deadly mass shooting, and said he would instead introduce unarmed school safety agents at each of the city’s 1,700 schools, the New York Post reported.

It's not clear how the unarmed security will be able to stop school shootings.

The mayor’s new NYPD community policing units are being told to freuqntly stop by schools as part of their patrol duties, he said.

“It’s ridiculous. All over the country they are telling you ‘arm the teachers, get an officer in your school.’ New York City had a designated officer and they are actually cutting the program . . . they are making us less secure,” Parents-Teacher Association (PTA) co-president Linda Lovett told The Epoch Times. “You are talking about 5,000 people in a one-block radius, and you’re telling me you can’t designate one officer?”

New York City Councilmen Joe Borelli expressed concern that the safety agents would not be enough to keep students safe.

“The school safety agents are great and they do a phenomenal job and they do a very important job of monitoring the front door, but unfortunately we have seen school shootings like this one in Parkland and of course Sandy Hook before this,” Borelli told WPIX.

“We have 40,000 [uniformed] police officers, [and] some of these officers are already assigned to schools. We are not talking about a drastic change,” he continued. “The reality is, this is something that could and will stop a school shooting.”

But de Blasio disagreed, and said that the cost of stationing officers at each school was impractical.

“Adding an armed police officer in each school building would place an enormous fiscal burden on the City’s budget,” he said in June of 2017, according to the New York Post. “The cost of this proposal is estimated to be $1.2 billion annually.”

Using the Mayor's math, that's roughly a cost of $705,000 per officer if one was assigned to each school.

State senators Simcha Felder and Andrew Lanza fired back at the mayor for denying the proposal.

“What we fundamentally disagree on is the value of protecting our children. An armed New York City police officer at the entrance of public and non-public school buildings is the best and most efficient way to deter an attack, and, if need be, neutralize an armed attacker,” the senators told de Blasio, according to the New York Post.

“Yet, you reject our recommendation not on the merits, but by hiding behind a price tag!” they said. “God forbid we have an incident tomorrow. Do we have to wait for kids in a public school to get killed to do something?”

Lovett said that the PTA has not backed down from their demand to have officers returned to the city’s schools, and noted that the group has collected over 1,000 signatures in support of their cause in just two days, the New York Post reported.

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Comments (46)
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Trump
Trump

Armed law enforcement officers should be in every school? Hell No.

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

When a NYC liberal goes postal and shoots up a school, de Blithero and all NYC liberals will be accessories to murder... and they will masturbate to the videos of the incident.

vincew9298
vincew9298

And the annual cost of Mayor de Blasio's security detail is?

cshirreffs
cshirreffs

Unarmed safety agents. that will work as well as officers who are told to stand down or did not enter the school when shooting was reported.

Hoshiko
Hoshiko

Sitting ducks.. He is such idiot!

WoodMagnolia
WoodMagnolia

Apparently a NYPD cop that gets assigned a school is making bank...at least according to DeBlahblah. “Safety Agent” I immediately thought of those credit monitoring commercials where they show that they don’t actually do anything except to point out a problem. Is that what a safety agent does? That’s the first person to call 911?

b1rd
b1rd

We get it. You want them defenseless.

Retired in 2002
Retired in 2002

Many in DeBlowhole's security force have opted out , due to the weed smoking of him and his wife. Why do you think they raised the Gracie Mansion fences so high?

Matt haines
Matt haines

Give the school safety officers nerf guns, f**g idiots

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

& how many weapons does his his body guards have? That’s what I thought. When, not if, it happens in NYC, the blood will be on his hands!

bronx163
bronx163

Typical nyc and its commie liberal mayor.

They think failed gun control and bs gun free zone signage will stop school shootings. Truly pathetic. 2002 they new al qeda was planning to target schools and did nothing. All they did was show us videos. Trully pathetic. Liberal shit bags like blasio want more school shootings and terror sttacks to force confiscation of guns. Amazing you have a gun permit from outside nyc from suffolk,nassau,putnam,
westchester counties the city saids you are a criminal and you have no right to carry your handgun.
Amazing a city determines when you have rights.
Yea blasio has about 20 cops assigned to him pc has his armed detail but they both scream civilians dont need guns and both dont recognize the us constitution
Some of these schools are like mini jails. Perps run them and kids get slashed on daily basis. Thats why he wants the cops out to lower the crime stats so no criminal activity gets recorded. .

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

As your mayor I feel it is my obligation to declare open season on unprotected children in the City of New York.

Suz
Suz

What an idiot! Let’s wait until some tragedy strikes. I hope he doesn’t regret his stupid decision at the cost of young, innocent lives.

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

You and the mayor should go play in traffic.... idiots!

Hdsbomber
Hdsbomber

This dope smoking cock gobbler needs to be visiting when one of these school shootings happen, because with that kind of limpdick liberal policy, it will happen!!!

BlueLight
BlueLight

This seems to me to be so very obvious that the goal here is to make sure there is a horrific school shooting incident so that an Anti-2nd Amendment agenda can be pursued. The cost figure of $705,000 per officer is ridiculous. Contrast that to the law suit from one death which could be in the $millions.

DiBlasio has made many ridiculous statements in the past and this seems to do an incredible amount of damage to the left wing agenda. Additionally, this will give aid and comfort, and a lot of fuel, to the conspiracy theorists who believe these school shootings are staged events that have never actually occurred.

What will it take for the People, from whom our government is derived, to remove this incompetent?

LEO0301
LEO0301

NYC reminds me so much of the idiots who run California. They continually elect people who are incompetent to manage. If a school shooting occurs in NYC that could have been prevented by an armed SRO, DeBlowme should be publically hung.

RunCop
RunCop

I'm surprised this asshole mayor hasn't disarmed all police officers, except his private security detail of course, , and told them to use kind words and verbal judo to deal with the animal thugs running wild!

MKD23
MKD23

DeBozio strikes again! This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a while. He’s putting other people’s kids lives in danger meanwhile his are always protected! What an asshat!

JBo
JBo

But I'm still protected by my 20 armed bodyguards...so it's all good.

Martine
Martine

I wouldn't be surprised if they actually WANTED another school shooting. I think Democrats are figuring it will help them in the midterms. I don't trust those slimeball politicians at all. If it is so expensive, lets take away the guards in his office building. Surely if we can't afford to keep our kids safe, we can't afford to keep slimy politicians safe.

cspcapt
cspcapt

his push to strict gun control at the sake of our children

JMK2244
JMK2244

Shaking my head! Makes absolutely no sense.

gina636
gina636

YAY! Finaly someone wise -like Mother Teresa :) "wise! ❤️😘
“I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.” --Mother Teresa🙂very wise Mother Teresa why ? bc. she understood Jesus's parable " Resist Not Evil"----whatever we are fighting for/resisting to we are actually creating more of it bc. we are focusing on it.Everything we focus on we do create. Energy flows where attention goes.If you are anti-war be pro-peace; if u are anti-hunger be pro having more than enough to eat/ pro abundance.etc. if you are anti some politician be pro his opponent. So focus on what you want more of it, not on what you do not want. Everything is energy. ----NY got a wise mayor!

Ihatepeople
Ihatepeople

Sorry kids, in today's world, money is more important than your life.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

This guy is some kind of stupid!

Gerielou
Gerielou

I know, horrible to think this . . .but . . . I wonder if he's hoping for more shootings in order to push the gun control agenda.

Rooney1943
Rooney1943

How on earth do you figure this is good!! There is no one there to stop a shooter with a gun! He has opened up the schools with children with no way to protect them. Quote Mother Teresa all you want and be pro-peace, we are talking about protecting our children and your way off base in thinking this is a good decision and he is a good mayor. Do you have children in school? Do you feel they are safe without any protection? If you don't have children in school or never have had children in school then your remark becomes even more stupid!!

Jessiejames
Jessiejames

Why are people NOT up in ARMS about this? This guy is BETRAYING our nation, the city and our kids! He's in OBAMAS pocket! Playing political games. Pushing for gun control in a back handed covert way; using our kids as a pawn. PP

Cbm
Cbm

An yet i'll bet his kids are well protected by men with guns. I assume he has the necessary equipement to produce some.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

A tragedy is what the mayor is hoping for. So the violent left can use it for gun confiscation campaign

RickB
RickB

Cant blame anyone there from going after him if their kids are hurt...

Sandal1969
Sandal1969

Judging from the school shooting in Maryland yesterday, the ARMED security officer in the school saved an unknown number of lives because he was there, was armed, and took action to eliminate the threat of the school shooter, by taking him out before he was able to shoot more students. The shooter wounded 2 students but was shot by the officer before he could do more damage! A real hero and one who was not afraid to confront the shooter!

USNVET5
USNVET5

He is brilliant as he knows a "GUN FREE ZONE " is extremely safe and when ever a president comes to NYC as long as they are in a gun free zone the secret service is not needed . I am glad he adverized schools are safe havens

Eduardo de C
Eduardo de C

I cannot fathom the irrationality of this democrat, socialist, communist mayor, placing expenses before the lives of precious school children. Have him disarm every officer that is around him and have him place a sign in front of his house that reads "Gun Free Zone". This is a typical communist strategy in creating a tragedy and blaming firearms as being the culprits in crime, murder, and assaults. A firearm is an inanimate object and cannot do anything by itself. A firearm becomes a weapon of destruction in the hands of a determined criminal, or a weapon for safety in the hands of an officer of the law or an honest citizen. There is an adage that says: "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is, a good guy with a gun." Voters should recall this mayor for dereliction of duty and child endangerment for his asinine policies.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Would de Blahblah at least let these "safety agents" have slingshots and some marshmallows?

Sgt2U
Sgt2U

I wonder what this dipstick is going to say to the parents if a shooter goes into one of these schools and kill a bunch of kids, which is bound to happen now that the crazies know there is no armed protection?

CharlieHall
CharlieHall

We need strong gun control. It is a major reason why homicide rates in NYC continue to plummet.

And Obama was astronomically better than the current idiot in the White House.

hmv
hmv

The USA are supposedly a developed, civilized country. And still, they butcher each other at a remarkable rate, as if they were in a permanent state of civil war, and they appear to enjoy the show. If not, why would they, at each new milestone in their buildup of a playground for sociopaths, claim that the solution to their own savagery is overwhelming savagery.
A sick culture, where the devotion to violence became akin to a religious cult.

CompanyClerk
CompanyClerk

The NYC Mayor is drinking the same Kool-Aid like other libs that believe if you put up a sign that says "No Guns Allowed" you will be safe. The other side of the sign says "No Drugs Allowed". How's that working out?

Gold40
Gold40

New York City deserves whom it votes for. Good luck with that, suckers.

Peedee
Peedee

Not surprised by this action. So we now have officers that have to serve w/o protection for themselves and others!! The Mayor is a jerk. Police officers and students deserve better.

GoldenPigeon
GoldenPigeon

An unarmed security agent will not stop school shootings. He thinks he's protecting them but really he is putting them in danger. New York is better off with school resource officers.