Update: Wednesday morning, York City School Board President said she would learn more about what comes next when she has her weekly meeting with district Supt. Eric Holmes on Thursday. She said the board will have to take steps such as determining what equipment officers can have.
She said she is happy the court approved the change.
Reported earlier: The York City School District has been granted court approval to turn its school security officers into school police officers.
Court documents show that York County President Judge Stephen Linebaugh approved the appointment of the district’s four security officers – Michael Muldrow, Richard Muldrow Jr., Bryan Einsig and Percy Powell Jr. – as school police officers. Approval for a fifth officer, Gregory Stough, had initially been requested, but he has since resigned from his district position, according to court records.
The school board granted approval in September for the district to pursue court permission to turn the security officers into school police officers.
As school police officers, they would have the power to issue summary citations or detain students and others until law enforcement arrives for more serious offenses. The district did not want the officers to have the power to carry firearms, and the court orders reflect that.
The officers’ authority would be limited to school grounds.
District officials had said the change would improve safety, give the officers more tools to do their jobs, and put them in direct contact with emergency services. Some community members had raised concerns that the change would mean more students coming into contact with the criminal justice system for minor issues.
District Supt. Eric Holmes and school board President Margie Orr could not immediately be reached Tuesday evening. District officials had previously indicated there would be more steps to take after getting court approval.
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