In Kentucky, the Warren County Superintendent is asking the board of education to implement the recommendations of the Regional Safety Task Force. The task force recommends the expansion of the school resource officer program and mental health services and the purchase of hand-held metal detectors.
Nationally, a new research study by Education Week compiles the responses of nearly 400 school resources officers on their duties. The study reports that seventy-three percent of SROs in school-police departments say their schools specify the types of issues SROs can intervene in as compared to 56 percent of those in local police/sheriff’s offices who assign officers to schools.
In Ohio, the Talawanda Board of Education has approved two personnel policies to deal with school safety. School resource officers will be assigned to each district building and social workers will be placed in each elementary school.
In Maine, the state has tasked the Juvenile Justice Assistance Group to study the use of school resource officers. The study will look at how school officers are hired, trained and how effective they are in dealing with a whole range of school-based issues. There are nearly 67 school resource law enforcement officers working in 93 schools. There are 620 public schools in the state.