Paterson mayor talks proposal to put off-duty cops in schools amid safety officer shortage

New Jersey

PATERSON, N.J. — One week after a lockdown at a Paterson high school over reports of a student with a gun, the New Jersey city’s school district will meet Wednesday night, Oct. 20, to vote on whether or not to allow off-duty police officers to serve as school security.

The move comes amid a serious shortage of school safety officers in Paterson and other cities across the country.

Mayor Andre Sayegh joined the PIX11 Morning News on Wednesday to discuss the plan that some find controversial.

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