Mayor says a controversial program is curbing violence in Bronx schools

Mayor Bloomberg says a controversial program that places police officers in city schools is reducing violence.

The program, launched back in January, identified five schools in the Bronx as being among the most violent in the city. Police officers were then placed in these and other violent city schools, known as "impact schools," to help cut down on crime and disorderly conduct. The program began with 12 schools and was later expanded to 16.

According to Mayor Bloomberg, crime has declined 48 percent in the original 12 "impact schools" and 66 percent in the four newer schools. Although some students are unhappy with the police presence in their hallways, Bloomberg says that the police belong in any learning facility where students want a safe environment.

Mayor Bloomberg says the city plans to expand the program in the future.

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