Governor Beshear signs bill requiring on-site resource officers at K-12 schools | Education

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – Governor Andy Beshear has signed into law a bill requiring resource officers to work onsite in Kentucky schools.

House Bill 63 was enacted on Friday. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Bratcher, requires local school boards to ensure schools in their districts have at least one resource officer working on their campuses and inside buildings by Aug. 1.

If school districts cannot hire enough school resource officers because they lack funding or qualified personnel, they should develop plans to do so with the Kentucky School Safety Marshal.

The new law, which passes by wide margins in both houses of the General Assembly, was passed after the Jefferson County Board of Education approved a safety plan in January. The safety plan for Kentucky’s largest school district calls for the hiring of 15 school safety officers and the reassignment of 15 safety monitors and five safety officers to patrol the district’s campuses, primarily from their vehicles, in assigned geographical areas mainly based around middle and high schools.

The district safety plan also calls for the hiring of 66 school safety administrators to work in schools.

HB 63 also allows school boards to create district police departments.

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