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Safety Law News for January 17, 2019

In Tennessee, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office will be the first law enforcement agency to use a new technology that detects when a deputy’s ballistic vest is shot or stabbed and sends an alert to the department. Every SRO has been provided with a smartphone capable of supporting this technology. 

In Massachusetts, school officials and parents in Methuen are concerned after learning school resource officers could be laid off amidst a budget battle between the Methuen City Council and the police department. 

In Virginia, the Chesterfield School Board has accepted the recommendations of the Safety Task Force asked to evaluate student safety. The recommendations include developing a five-year budget plan to add school resource officers at all schools, increasing mental health staffing, ensuring that crisis plans and school layouts are provided to local agencies, and providing more comprehensive alternative education settings for students. 

In Virginia, Lee County Public Schools filed suit against the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to challenge the state’s refusal to approve a gun registration request for arming a school employee. The Lee County School Board unanimously approved arming selected employees because the county cannot afford more school resource officers to be placed in all the schools.

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