Alabama Senate passes bill to allow hiring of school resource officers

Alabama State Capitol
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would allow local school systems to use education funds to hire armed, Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training (APOST)-certified school resources if it becomes a law.

The usage of education funds to hire the armed officers would first have to be approved by the local board of education.

The bill, Senate Bill 383, is sponsored by Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Pike Road). It is a part of the House and Senate Education Policy Committee’s recommendations in the School Security and Student and Teacher Safety Report.

“If a local school system has the resources to hire school resource officers, the last thing the state needs to do is get in the way,” Brewbaker said on Tuesday. “This is a common sense bill that cuts through government red tape and makes it easier for schools to protect their children.”

As it stands, schools in Alabama only have the ability to have school resource officers if the local law enforcement agency pays for and send their own officers to patrol the schools.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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