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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Indiana's attorney general says he supports a bill that would provide money to school corporations that want to place resource officers into schools.
State Senator Pete Miller has filed that bill; Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the Newtown, Connecticut shooting on December 14 has made school safety a heightened priority. "Many have asked, ‘What can Indiana do now to enhance school safety?' and this is something legislators can do early in 2013," Zoeller said in a news release.
Sen. Miller's bill would make grants available to schools that don't already have resource officers and would support schools that do have them as long as there's matching local money. The bill also establishes standards and duties for the officers. School resource officers generally focus on safety, along with student discipline and mentoring.
The bill specifies that school resource officers must be either school corporation employees or law enforcement officers who work on contract. They will have to complete a training course and be certified.
The bill calls for $10 million to be placed into the Indiana Safe School Fund. The grants would be awarded from that fund, and would have to be matched by the school corporation and local law enforcement.