Safety Law News for October 24 2018
In Virginia, the Fauquier County School Board voted unanimously to allow school security officers to carry guns. Virginia law allows school boards to hire armed civilian security guards as long as they are retired law-enforcement officers or have at least 10 years of law-enforcement experience.
In Indiana, the Jay County School Board voted unanimously to arm selected staff volunteers as a last line of defense in what the superintendent describes as a layered security strategy. Volunteers would have access to gun safes at each Jay County school.
In Colorado, the Thompson School District renewed an agreement with the City of Loveland Police Department to expand and strengthen the school resource officer program. The agreement bolsters the SRO program by providing more support at the administrative level by adding an SRO supervising sergeant. It creates more interagency cohesion by developing partnerships with community mental health resources, school counselors, mental health clinics, and drug treatment centers.
In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) is working with the Wausau Police Department and the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center to deploy trained therapists, school resources officers, and comfort dogs to Barron School District in the aftermath of the disappearance of 13 year-old Jayme Closs.