House Committee Adds Armed Officer Amendment To School Security Bill

By Emma Koch

House Committee Adds Armed Officer Amendment To School Security Bill

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM EDT

INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) -- The House Education Committee passed Senate Bill 1 with a 9-3 vote, but not before adding an amendment that requires an armed school protection officer in all public schools.

According to the bill, a school protection officer could be a person, teacher or school employee who has volunteers and undergone additional training. The bill sets up a plan for the state to begin offering grants to help leaders of public schools hire police officers and buy safety equipment.

The plan is to set up a two-year matching grant program allowing schools up to $50,000 a year and to establish a state commission to make recommendations for securing school buildings.

While the bill doesn't require schools to participate, supporters are hopeful that it will encourage school officials to hire specially trained police officers.

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