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Governor John Kasich today signed legislation to establish certain qualifications and training requirements for school resource officers (SROs). House Bill 318 also permits SROs to provide a specified range of services to the schools they serve.


Bill sponsors State Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) introduced the legislation so that SROs are able to have guidelines and training necessary to effectively protect students. In order to do this, the state must establish certain criteria and standards for SROs, which are currently absent in Ohio statute. The bill requires SROs to complete 40 hours of specialized training offered by either the National or Ohio Association for School Resource Officers.


“It has been a pleasure to work with Representative Patterson to get House Bill 318 across the finish line and delivered to the Governor for his signature,” said LaTourette. “I am thrilled that we are able to further support existing community collaboration in the school safety realm through this legislation.”


LaTourette and Patterson introduced the legislation after being approached by the Coach Hall Foundation. Frank Hall is the football coach at Chardon High School who is credited with saving countless lives that terrible day in 2012 when a student opened fire on classmates. Coach Hall chased the shooter out of the school, preventing further casualties. Today, the Coach Hall Foundation seeks to “provide effective means to protect against school violence and improve the quality of life in our school communities.”


House Bill 318 creates a $12 million appropriation to provide grants to schools for school safety and school climate programs and training. Additionally, the Department of Public Safety in consultation with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will be permitted to conduct studies of school security upgrades in order to ensure the proper infrastructure is in place to keep students safe.

 
 
 
  
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Governor John Kasich today signed legislation to establish certain qualifications and training requirements for school resource officers (SROs). House Bill 318 also permits SROs to provide a specified range of services to the schools they serve.