$50,000 to create or expand School Resource Officer positions. SROs are career police officers from local public safety agencies who have received special training in interaction with students, and who are assigned to schools to provide safety.
He commended a local initiative taken by the Vigo County School Corporation and the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to station armed police officers in all local schools following the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Zoeller said taking charge of the issue and having local leadership get involved without waiting on state law was the type of positive action needed to make schools safer.
SEA 1 was based on a study the AG¹s office conducted before Newtown. The study found that school officials and police would be interested in expanding SRO programs if funding were available. A state board will now review grant applications from schools and distribute funds.
The local partnership between the schools and police agencies will benefit from the funding mechanism implemented by the new law, Zoeller said.