Safety Law News for August 22, 2018
In Illinois, officials in DuPage County are concerned about the proximity of the St. John Vianney Villa in Naperville, located next door to the junior high. The church facility serves as a retirement home for 13 Catholic priests, including two priests who have faced sex abuse allegations. Additional police officers will be at the school during arrival and drop-off times.
In Florida, the Orange County Sheriff's Office is requesting over $11 million to hire 75 new school resource officers for the 2018-2019 school year. If approved, Sheriff's Office officials said the office can begin hiring SROs immediately. New state law requires at least one school resource officer on every public school campus during school hours.
In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has released a new research study on sex crimes. According to the Report, teenagers represent the highest number of sex crime victims. The Report also found that 38 percent of sex crime offenders were ages 15 to 22. Officials are sharing the information with school resource officers, encouraging SROs to "reach out to some of the kids."
In Maryland, officials from Anne Arundel County continue to debate the best model for maintaining safe schools. The elements of the debate involve which resources to emphasize; counselors, hardware upgrades, and school-based law enforcement.