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[s24] Senate Approves Sen. Pete Miller’s School Safety Bill
Start Date: 2/25/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/25/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2013) — Legislation authored by State Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon) to help interested school corporations put resource officers in their schools passed the Senate today by a 43-7 vote.

Senate Bill 1 provides funding for school resource officers (SROs). These officers would be charged with protecting schools from external dangers by conducting threat assessments and implementing emergency preparedness plans. SROs would work in conjunction with School Safety Specialists, teachers or administrators to help with security measures. This bill would also allow counties to create school safety councils to review existing safety plans and develop new security ideas for school corporations.

“This bill is all about protecting our schoolchildren,” Miller said. “With the Newtown tragedy happening late last year, school safety has been on the minds of millions of Americans. The link between schools and local law enforcement agencies is the most important part of the bill. These professionals will be more than armed guards; they will be fully trained police officers.”

Miller added that officers wanting to serve in schools would be required to complete 40 hours of specialized training.

The program would be funded through the Secured Schools Fund. School corporations that are interested could apply for two-year grants of up to $50,000, which require local matching funds.

“I believe Senate Bill 1 is a step in the right direction,” Miller said. “It’s designed to provide the tools and resources necessary to keep schools secure.”

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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