With all the talk about "shared services" between school and city officials how about getting the ball rolling with a simple project designed to take a bite out of crime. Let's take a page from the police department in Portsmouth, New Hampshire which is now working with local school officials to create an "iPod registry" as a way to deter theft of mp3 players and similar devices.
The police department in Portsmouth, NH is collaborating with Portsmouth High School to create a database of student iPods (and other MP3 players) in hopes of deterring thieves. The increasingly common occurrence has caused the school's "resource officer" (aka police officer on duty inside the school) to collect information about students' digital audio players, including serial numbers, descriptions, and pictures that are filed away. School officials hope that, with the information readily available, stolen iPods will be easier to recover.
Yeah, I know that iPods are "contraband" at New Rochelle High School but so are cell phones and candy bars so let's get real for a moment here and talk about implementing a low cost program which can help students and lower crime in our schools.