1:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Proposal calls for more officers in schools

A new proposal from Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a GOP state senator would help Indiana schools put more police officers in their buildings.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about the proposal to put more police officers in Indiana schools
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon) announced a proposal to put more police officers in schools.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

School resource officers are already present in somewhere between a quarter and a third of Hoosier schools. 

Legislation Avon Republican Senator Pete Miller is proposing would provide a grant to school corporations – up to a 50 thousand dollar funding match – to add resource officers to their schools.  The bill would also require that all school resource officers have law enforcement certification and training to work in a school environment. 

Miller calls the proposal a first step in addressing violence like the Newtown school shooting.

“No one is suggesting that this is the end-all, be-all to school security, that there will be others in the legislature, there will be…the governor-elect, I’m sure, would like to weigh in,” Miller said.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says while the Connecticut shooting spotlights school safety, resource officers play a larger role.

“This relationship in schools with a school resource officer can help develop a better relationship of respect for law enforcement,” Zoeller said.

The proposal, while providing some funding to hire resource officers, would not mandate schools to participate.