Safety Law News for April 5, 2019
• In Tennessee, the legislature has made Tennessee the first state to fund the placement of a school resource officer in every public school. House Bill 947 and Senate Bill 803 creates a recurring school safety grant fund of $40 million to place school resource officers in the nearly 500 schools that don't currently have an officer on campus. • In Utah, officials at the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake have created a mobile app that links students and parents to educators and school resource officers. The Unified Police Department Mobile App allows users to click on links to report incidents, receive information, and obtain the phone number and email of the school resource officer. • In Connecticut, over 300 Hamden residents have signed a petition opposing the plan of the mayor to fund two school resource officer positions for Hamden City elementary schools. The parents believe that school-based police are not effective at making schools safer while minority student groups are negatively impacted by the presence of the police. • In Florida, the Lee County School District plans to hire safety and security attendants to monitor restrooms at high schools. School officials are trying to crack down on vaping and the malicious messages and threats on restroom walls.