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"[The SRO program] was a great program, and they never should have gotten rid of it,” Bennie Radford said. “All ‘defund the police’ did is hurt that city”
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Officer Armando Dominguez of the Summit Police Department has been awarded the 2024 Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer
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The new law, signed by Gov. Tim Walz on March 14, comes after more than 40 agencies suspended their school resource officer programs last year in response to a law that generated confusion about restraint restrictions
“California has experienced 96 school shootings between 2018 and 2023. If we want to get serious about preventing school shootings ... we need good guys, and girls, with guns, ready to act,” Assemblyman Bill Essayli said
The bill aims to clarify the confusion surrounding a 2023 state law that put new restrictions on officers’ use of prone restraints on students in schools
“It is no reflection on the great work our police officers were doing in schools...” Superintendent Larry Snelling said. “CPD is going to continue to do what we’ve always done: Protect our children, protect the streets”
Chicago Public Schools is seeking to remove the requirement that part-time security candidates “must have the legal authority to effectuate an arrest”
Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Johnson had served in law enforcement for 26 years
Board members who opposed the creation of the police department cited prospective difficulty in recruiting officers and criticized the “lack of research” that went into the proposal
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To help pay for the program, the Broward County school district may phase out its guardian program, which provides 120 armed security guards, and replace them with sworn police officers
Deputy Scot Peterson cited other cases that say officers don’t have an obligation to protect others from third-party harm and cannot be sued for decisions made during a crisis
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Facility dog Betsy is an invaluable presence at the Wrightstown Community School District, bringing joy and relief to students, staff and officers alike
Capt. John Randolph was working in his role as an SRO during a high school football game when he tripped on debris and fell onto a wood pile
The “school safety officers” do not do other police work like SROs do, but do use police radios for speedier emergency response, unlike private security guards
The Hennepin County attorney’s interpretation of the student restraint law “puts us back to where we were roughly two weeks ago, Minn. Chiefs of Police Association Executive Director Jeff Potts said
The suspects recorded the killing of retired Bell Police Chief Andreas Probst on video, which was provided to the police by an SRO
Minnesota law enforcement associations are asking for a special legislative session on the SRO law that changed the “reasonable force standard” in schools
“Every child and every parent should feel an absolute peace of mind as they travel to and from school,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said
Police groups say the legislation prohibits school resource officers from taking action in situations in which students damage property or present a physical danger
One superintendent said they will not rush planning or “take unnecessary risks because these folks are responsible for protecting our children and our campuses”
Districts will have the same SROs consistently, rather than off-duty officers from other departments, allowing for a better relationship with students
Board members who voted to reinstate the officers cited the rise in teen gun violence and the increasing number of weapons found on DPS campuses
The language of the new law states SROs are prohibited from using certain types of restraints when trying to control unruly students