One of Weston’s finest has been pushing back against the furore this week surrounding school resource officers. Constable Peter De Quintal has been taking to Twitter, Newstalk 1010, and the CBC to make a gentle case for his role in schools.
I take a lot of Pride in being a School Resource Officer(SRO) & believe in the program. I give my best to my community. pic.twitter.com/YriJQe5VZ8
— PC Peter De Quintal (@StarWarsCop) May 28, 2017
The Toronto Police Services Board considered the role of School Resource Officers last week, generating much protest about racism and the marginalization of vulnerable students. One protestor said,
“Police officers in schools have been discriminating against black children, indigenous children and other racialized youth and I just don’t think that there is a world where we need to have guns in schools with kids who are there trying to learn,” Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Sandy Hudson told CP24.
Constable Peter De Quintal, AKA “Star Wars Cop” is the SRO for Weston CI and other schools in the neighbourhood. He is famous for, among other things, bike rodeos, Star Wars toast, and the most charming selfie I’ve ever seen—taken when he was being honoured as a Portuguese community leader.
De Quintal told the CBC “I believe the student body in general wants us there, they’re welcoming. I don’t turn the school into a police state, I don’t patrol the hallways. I’m a resource to them, I’m a means of engagement”.
The Police Services Board postponed any decisions about police in schools until December.