NYC Bill Would Provide Security at Non-Public Schools

A NYPD School Safety Agents program truck parked in Queens.
A NYPD School Safety Agents program truck parked in Queens.

A bill introduced to the New York City Council would require the police department to expand their NYPD School Safety Agents program to non-public schools.

Councilmen Chaim Deutsch, who chairs the council’s Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, and Peter Koo of Queens, said that recent incidents in New York City, Israel, and other locations around the world have demonstrated that yeshivos and other non-public schools require the same safety precautions as regular public schools.

“All New York City school children deserve equal protection and the highest level of security we can give them,” said Deutsch, who founded the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol more than 20 years ago.

Deutsch said that he and Josh Mehlman of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition met last week with NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe, who oversees the School Safety Division, and Assistant Chief Brian Conroy, the Commanding Officer of the NYPD School Safety Division, to discuss how to implement the program into non-public schools.

“All of our children, whether they attend public or private school, deserve the same level of protection while they are being educated,” Koo said. “This is not the case right now, and it’s unacceptable.”