Broward County sheriff calls for schools to set up their own police departments after Parkland massacre
A senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School weeps in front of a cross and Star of David for shooting victim Meadow Pollack while a fellow classmate consoles her at a memorial by the school in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

The Broward County Sheriff's Office has asked local schools to form their own department to police campuses following a mass shooting earlier this year.

Maj. Nichole Anderson told the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Safety Commission on Friday that the sheriff's office believes the county would be better served if the school district formed its own police department, reported WSVN-TV.

The major said nearby Miami-Dade and Palm Beach would also be better off with their own public school police departments.

The sheriff's office and municipal police departments provide school resources officers, but Anderson said one county school police department would establish uniform policies and funding.

Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to Douglas High during the Feb. 14 massacre, retired under intense criticism after he failed to rush into the building where 17 students and teachers were killed.