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Indiana Officials Propose More Police Officers In Schools

The attorney general and a state senator are proposing Indiana provide grants to school corporations that add resource officers to their schools.

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State officials are calling for more resource officers to be placed in schools as a way to combat violence.

A new proposal from Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a GOP state senator would help Indiana schools put more police officers in their buildings.

School resource officers are already present in somewhere between a quarter and a third of Hoosier schools. Avon Republican Senator Pete Miller is proposing would provide up to a $50,000 grant funding match to school corporations to add resource officers to their schools.

The bill would also require that all school resource officers have law enforcement certification and training to work in a school environment. He calls the proposal the first step in addressing violence like the Newtown school shooting.

“No one is suggesting that this is the end-all, be-all to school security, that there will be others in the legislature,” Miller says. “The governor-elect, I’m sure, would like to weigh in.”

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says while the Connecticut shooting spotlights  school safety, resource officers play a larger role.

“This relationship in schools with a school resource officer can help develop a better relationship of respect for law enforcement,” Zoeller says.

The proposal, while providing some funding to hire resource officers, would not mandate schools to participate.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 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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  • Jessika Griffin

    We don’t even have enough money going into schools for education, why put money toward empty gestures?

  • http://twitter.com/liamecaps Liam

    I agree; this is just a horrible.

  • http://twitter.com/liamecaps Liam

    How about we start providing more services for our youth: like expanded arts and music education, more after school programs that aren’t sports, world culture, … I could name a thousand better ideas than police in our schools.

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