Statewide Summit Discusses School Safety

By Rachel Martin
By Emily Dwire

March 9, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – State Attorney General talks school safety at the Third Annual Criminal and Civil Justice Summit.

School safety is a nationwide topic that's been under the spotlight for months, and a topic that’s getting a lot of attention at the Attorney General's Third Annual Criminal and Civil Justice Summit.

The meeting focused on the importance of school resource officers (SRO) who are specially trained law enforcement officers who are stationed at schools to protect students and teachers.

The Attorney General supports a bill that, if passed into law, would legally define resource officers as police officers who have at least 40 extra hours of state resource officer training.

It would also create a secured school fund, allowing schools to apply for grants up to $50,000 to use to employ SRO’s, but the main issue is funding.

“There's a lot of grey area when it comes to funding, and I wish there wasn't, because like I said what is out most valuable commodity? It's our kids,” said Officer Chris Crapser, SRO for Fort Wayne Community Schools.

The Attorney General's office will work closely with the Department of Education to make schools aware of any federal funding opportunities.

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