My name is Wilson Nin Jr, I am a School Safety Sergeant and have been in this line of service for the past 15 years. I am a father of three who has children currently attending public schools and a husband to a NYC DOE teacher who’s been teaching for seven years. First, I would like to say that I myself know how important it is to have safety in school buildings as well as the surrounding communities. I’d like to start off by informing you all of what the roles are of School Safety agents. School Safety Agents are the first to encounter anyone or anything entering the building and making sure to keep students, staff and whoever else may be in the building safe. School Safety patrols inside the schools, and outside of the schools. Their responsibilities include performing daily scanning,confiscating weapons, working with individual students to deescalate situations and counsel them, offer programs to students (ex. explorer program), they conduct food drives, toy drives, coat drives, and put money together for senior students who do not have the funds to afford a dress or suit for prom. When irate parents force entrance into the building, School Safety Agents are there to prevent any criminal activity. And yes! School Safety Agents do make arrests when a crime is committed but that is not our first option which is what training has taught us.