“The National Association of School Psychologists cautions against over-emphasizing extreme physical security measures or universally increasing armed security in schools as such strategies may undermine the learning environment while not necessarily safeguarding students. When considering school-wide efforts to promote safety, NASP recommends addressing the continuum of needs and services that lead to improved safety, well-being, and learning for children and youth, instead of the historical practice of primarily increasing school building safety measures, such as armed security guards, metal detectors, and surveillance cameras. The decision to utilize armed security should be made based on the needs of individual schools and communities. NASP believes that armed security in schools should be provided only by school resource officers, police officers specially trained to work in schools. Research on the impact of such security measures on students supports these recommendations.”

NASP Research