Homeland Security Weighs In On Resource Officer Credentials

Indiana’s Homeland Security director wants more clarification as to who can certify the training of school resource officers.

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School resource officers are law enforcement personnel with extra training for the school environment.

Indiana’s Homeland Security director wants more clarification as to who can certify the training of school resource officers.

School resource officers are law enforcement personnel with extra training for the school environment. Legislation passed last session spells out what credentials and training the officers must receive.

The bill also identifies four entities that are allowed to train school resource officers: the Indiana law enforcement training board, the National Association of School Resource Officers, a certified school resource officer instructor and any other organization that offers certified school resource officer instruction.

But State Homeland Security director John Hill says those options are too broad.

“Schools are going to want to hire school resource officers,” says Hill. “I want to be able to tell them, ‘They’ve had training and they need to have certification training from this body.’ And I want to be sure I can tell them who that is.”

Hill says he’d prefer that authority rest solely with the law enforcement training board.  The clarification Hill wants may require further legislation next session.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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