What started out as a sometimes rancorous process involving the participants has finally resulted in the Allegany County Board of Education and various branches of law enforcement fully staffing county schools with school resource police officers.
Nine officers are to be in place by the beginning of the year. They include a Frostburg Police officer, three retired Maryland state troopers, three sheriff’s deputies and two Cumberland Police officers.
Schools in Cumberland and Frostburg, the Alternative School in Eckhart and outlying schools will be served by the officers, who will have some important tasks.
Besides providing a safe environment for those in the schools, they will act as role models whose goal is to prevent and reduce crime by both juveniles and adults.
If they can have a significant impact on the bullying phenomenon, that alone will justify the expense that is being shared by the board of education and the county commissioners.
The Allegany County Health Department is also expanding counseling services to enhance the mental health component of the problem.
This is a hopeful development. We congratulate all of the parties who helped to achieve it.