State Senator Victor Torres introduced legislation on Thursday that would bolster law enforcement presence at public schools by adding a resource officer to every location in their respective counties.
The bill would also offer appropriations to counties to place those officers.
“We know that these officers become trusted members of the communities in which they serve and have an incredibly positive impact on the lives of the children with which they interact,” said Torres. “Providing our students, especially those most at-risk students, with a strong role model to act as a guide can help them improve their decision-making and lead to better long-term outcomes, while also helping to keep them safe.”
Those Safety Officers would also maintain a steady security presence when safety is one of the top concerns voiced by parents. Companion legislation has been filed in the House by Dania Beach Democratic Representative Joe Geller.
“By encouraging school districts to hire school resource officers, we will protect our most valuable resource, our children, and ensure they can learn in a safe environment,” added Geller “Having an officer in every school is another valuable tool to help our students succeed and we should be providing our schools with this resource.”