(SUN-SENTINEL) — The Broward school district has allowed police officers to live rent-free on some school grounds since the 1980s as a way to provide after-hours safety.
But there's no hard numbers to prove the decades-old program is still effective.
Critics say the program is outdated, made irrelevant by the addition of security cameras and daytime school officers on patrol. And they argue there isn't a rationale for which schools participate or any way to measure whether the program's value outweighs its costs.
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Schools police Maj. Robert Dinkel, who oversees the program, said it works as a deterrent and it's impossible to provide specifics because "there's no way to tell what crimes are prevented."