State Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green) recently introduced bipartisan legislation to improve safety in Ohio’s schools and provide county school districts with a greater law enforcement presence in schools.

House Bill 215 will permit current or retired law enforcement officers to volunteer in the schools and patrol the premises to prevent or respond to a mass casualty event. Law enforcement officers are already requesting to be placed in schools during their off hours to enhance security for the schools.

“These officers have a special place for children in their hearts and are willing to donate their time to schools as an extra measure of protection,” said Rep. DeVitis. “The Law Officer Volunteers in Education (LOVE) Program will give school faculty, students and parents greater peace of mind that children are safe while at school and are in good hands.”

Officers’ participation in the LOVE Program would be on a volunteer basis only, and each participant must undergo a vetting process by the county sheriff, taking into account a number of requirements and criteria.

House Bill 215 has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

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