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Moorhead police suspend school resource officer program

The Moorhead Police Department announced Thursday that it will suspend its school resource officer program as concerns linger over a new law banning the use of some physical holds and restraints of students.

Chief Shannon Monroe said he chose to withdraw from Moorhead schools because he couldn't think of a way officers could be effective responding to illegal activity, citing examples such as students handing out cigarettes or damaging property.

"The SRO would not be able to intervene or confiscate," Monroe said. "If a person is refusing to leave, the officer could not physically restrain them."


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