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Local Education

August 15, 2013

AG encourages schools to apply for resource officer grants

Madison County schools have already shown interest

ANDERSON, Ind. — During a time when safety has been thrust to the forefront of school policy and parent concerns, there are still challenges to face, education officials say, but a new grant this year could provide a better sense of security.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office conducted a needs assessment study last year, even before the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, that showed interest around the state in expanding or creating school resource officer (SRO) programs. The study had a total of 1,149 constituents across Indiana, including parents, teachers, administrators and law enforcement personnel.

Senate Enrolled Act 1 was passed and signed into law during this year's legislative session, providing a total of $20 million in funding to Indiana schools interested in a $50,000 per year SRO grant. The money also allows schools to complete security assessments and install enhancements like bullet proof glass.

"Many schools and law enforcement already have some sort of relationship, but this just helps cement relations," Zoeller said.

The grant's not intended for an officer to just sit at the front door and watch for potential threats, he said, as "there's no such thing as 100 percent protection."

Rather, it's meant to help build a level of trust and respect between law enforcement and students that often may misunderstand each other. In some cases, he said, teachers have even asked officers to mentor kids to help keep them out of the criminal justice system. States like Virginia and Pennsylvania have similar grants available.

Anderson Community Schools already has a resource officer in both the high school and middle school -- spending about $200,000 a year from the district's general fund to pay for the off-duty officers.

Last year, when a Highland Middle School student brought an unloaded handgun to school, it was two students who approached an SRO to tell him the teen with the gun had made threats. Some parents then were demanding more security, such as metal detectors.

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