JCPS board to vote on plan to eliminate SROs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Jefferson County Board of Education is considering a plan that would eliminate school resource officers and replace them with officers hired by the district.
The plan, to be debated at a board meeting Tuesday night, would cost an additional $5.34 million.
A debate was sparked in November 2017 of a Jeffersontown Police officer using a Taser on a student at Jeffersontown High School after the teenager allegedly attacked the school resource officer as he tried to break up a fight.
Currently, 27 Jefferson County schools have officers that are actually employed by outside law enforcement agencies like LMPD or Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The proposal on the table would replace those officers after the 2018-19 school years with JCPS hired “security officers.” According to the plan, JCPS would post a full-time officer at each high school and middle school with each of those responsible for “2-3” elementary schools in the area.
Training would be developed and done by JCPS officials. It’s unclear whether these officers would have full police powers or be armed.
District officials say the plan is still being developed but is being modeled after similar security strategies in school systems in Austin, Atlanta and Jacksonville. The board is expected to discuss and vote on the plan at the Van Hoose Education Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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