State sees strong demand for school resource officers

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The state recently announced more than 250 recipients for this year’s safety grants, totaling $9 million. But due to the strong demand expressed by school corporations across Indiana, the state has supplied $4 million of that money to fund school resource officers.

The State has renewed or approved 141 grant applications, which total more than $4 million, to employ school resource officers throughout Indiana. This money will be used to create or continue that position in school corporations across the state.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who had originally proposed and recommended the SRO grant funding, said that these school resource officers will add to school safety and security. He said parents should be thankful for the millions in funding for these positions.

“School resource officers don’t just provide building security and investigate crime on school grounds; they also enhance the working relationship between schools and law enforcement and serve as good role models to young people,” Zoeller told News 18 in a release. “I’m convinced the rapport SROs can build up with students can serve to prevent and deter crimes and bullying in our schools.”

School resource officers are trained law enforcement officers who have completed police academy training and receive an additional 40 hours of certification on working with students in schools. Senate Enrolled Act 1 of 2013 legally defined school resource officers in Indiana Code and established formal requirements for their training.

Last year, the first phase of the grant program established through SEA 1 funded a total 116 of the 128 grant applications for SROs from schools around the state, according to officials. This year, there was a net increase of 15 new applicants and many renewing applicants, so officials said they wanted to extend the SRO programs launched last year.

The following is a list of recipients in the News 18 viewing area who are receiving funds for a school resource officer.

BENTON:

  • Benton Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.

BOONE:

  • Lebanon Community School Corporation was awarded $49,875 to employ an SRO.
  • Western Boone County Community School District was awarded $35,123 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
  • Zionsville Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.

CARROLL:

  • Carroll Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $44,900 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
  • Delphi Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.

CASS:

  • Logansport Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
  • Southeastern School Corporation was awarded $40,800 to employ an SRO and for equipment.

FOUNTAIN:

  • Attica Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.

HOWARD:

  • Kokomo School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
  • Northwestern School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
  • Western School Corporation was awarded $37,195.74 to employ an SRO and for equipment.

JASPER:

  • Kankakee Valley School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
  • Rensselaer Central School Corporation was awarded $26,670 to employ an SRO.

MIAMI:

  • Maconaquah School Corporation was awarded $25,000 to employ an SRO.

MONTGOMERY:

  • Crawfordsville Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
  • North Montgomery Community School Corporation was awarded $41,700 to employ an SRO.
  • South Montgomery School Corporation was awarded $41,700 to employ an SRO.

TIPPECANOE:

  • Tippecanoe School Corporation was awarded $49,920.63 to employ an SRO.

WARREN:

  • Metropolitan School District of Warren County was awarded $36,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.

WHITE:

  • Twin Lakes School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
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