School Resource Officer Needs

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the start of the new school year fast approaching, many Indiana school districts are trying to grab one last thing before classes start: a school resource officer.

Take the example of a recent training session for SROs held at Columbus City Hall. It was packed, 39 officers from three different states were sent for five days of training in the intricacies of patrol schools.

Julie Quesenbery, a certified trainer with the National Association of School Resource Officers, noted that there were three training sessions that day in Indiana, in Carmel, Evansville and Columbus.

Demand for ORS in Indiana continues to climb. Part of that has to do with recent school shootings like the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. In response to this, Governor Eric Holcomb said in May, “Schools, the most local governing body, can’t let their guard down and we won’t let them down when it comes to funding to help them do their work.

The Indiana state government already provides additional funding for safety measures through the Secured Schools Safety Grant program. Each year, $19,000,000 is made available to school districts through a competitive grant application process.

“If that fund was doubled, it would be used,” Avon Schools Police Chief Chase Lyday said, “that money could easily be spent on school resource officers tomorrow if there were more funds. available.”

Avon Schools in Henricks County is looking to add its seventh school resource officer to its growing police force.

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