COLUMBUS—State Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green) will be testifying in front of a House committee regarding his recently introduced bill to address safety in schools.

He will provide testimony on House Bill 215 before the House Education Committee October 2nd.

The bill 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.

“This proposal is one of the pieces to the school safety puzzle that many school districts are working to assemble, said Rep. DeVitis. “The Law Officer Volunteers in Education (LOVE) Program will be an excellent model for school districts to adopt and implement in their school safety programs.”

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.

As an incentive, Rep. DeVitis has proposed allowing volunteers to be eligible for a $500 tax credit for their dedication to the schools.


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