Resource Officers: Simple answer to who pays

After the horrific school shooting in Florida, it seems like a no-brainer — add a school resource officer to as many districts as possible.

But the politics and nuances behind the effort makes you want to cringe, especially in Dunkirk and Fredonia. Taxpayers in these districts are already paying for police protection, whether it be through city, village, county or state. If local elected leadership in the city or village demands that there be an officer assigned to the school, it’s that simple — an officer is assigned.

The big dilemma has come down to what entity is supposed to pay for the police protection in the schools: the district or the municipality?

How about neither. In the end, it will come down to the standard answer: the taxpayer.