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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.