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Safety Law News for March 2, 2018

In Florida, the Hernando County school board voted to add additional officers at schools in response to the Parkland tragedy. Only 13 of their 23 schools had school resource officers. The policy is effective immediately. The officers will be in place as soon as possible.

In Ohio, legislation is being considered again that will standardize the qualifications and training for police officers serving as school resource officers. House Bill 318 would require that new school resource officers receive at least 40 hours of training through either the National Association for School Resource Officers or the Ohio Association for School Resource Officers.

In Alabama, the Tuscumbia Board of Education is teaming up with the City of Tuscumbia Police Department to implement a school resource officer program. Officers will be assigned immediately to the high school and middle school, but will also patrol the halls of the elementary schools.

In Massachusetts, officials in Yarmouth have revised the policies regarding the 31 year-long school resource officer program. School Resource Officers will now be in full uniform each day. They will also have access to long weapons which can match and overcome the weapons used in the most recent school shootings.

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