Ind. senator says school safety bill gives school a new "viable option"

Lawmakers in Indiana are being asked to spend $10 million on school security throughout the state.

Senate Bill One seeks to help pay for school resource officers in public schools in Indiana. These resource officers are typically police officers who have been trained to work with children.

Officials say the idea behind the hill is to help districts that would not be able to hire resource officers on their own because of limited budgets.

Democratic State Sen. Jim Arnold of LaPorte says that many schools in his district are among those in the state with such limited resources.

“Well there's a number of schools over there that don't have a full time resource officer in my district and you know my district encompasses a large portion of St. Joseph county, Starke county as well so how many?” said Sen. Arnold, “I don't know how many I actually have resource officers and how many don't, but at least it gives them a viable option. Something we're going to provide, something to them that they can't afford if in fact this does go through.”

If Senate Bill One is passed into law, the safe schools program would pay half the costs of a school resource officer over the course of two years.

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