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house Bill H.R. 5243

Should There be National Training Standards for School Resource Officers?

Argument in favor

It’s common sense for the Depts. of Justice and Education to develop training standards for school resource officers who are the front line of keeping students safe at school.

Alexander's Opinion
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04/01/2018
Nothing should distract what occurred in Parkland, Florida. The four deputies positioned outside waited FOUR WHOLE MINUTES and did not attempt to preserve life. This event was not an issue of firearm safety but of law enforcement cowardice. There definitely is a requirement for training standards for school resource officers.
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Nathaniel's Opinion
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04/01/2018
HECK YES!!!!! If anything, we should send all of our potential resource officers to train and get certified in Israel until we get our own system up and running.
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04/01/2018
Yes, because the state of CA would mess this up too.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for the Depts. of Justice and Education to develop national training standards for school resource officers, state agencies and local school districts can handle that.

Bernie's Opinion
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04/01/2018
Keep it at state level. They train State Troopers and local police. They are perfectly qualified to train Resource Officers without federal fingers in the Pie.
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James's Opinion
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04/01/2018
There’s two reasons why I do not support this bill: there is a better approach to standards on training and this is another example of Republicans politically maneuvering away from gun laws.
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Dave's Opinion
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04/01/2018
This is a State issue. They have a better idea of what is needed in their community. Idaho doesn’t need the same type of protection as South Central LA.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 9th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5243?

This bill — the School Watch and Training (SWAT) Act  — would require the Attorney General and Secretary of Education to develop national standards for school resource officers. Those standards would include a requirement that all school resource officers complete recommended training, along with standards ensuring the competence of the officers and the quality of security and active shooter training they’re provided. Within 180 days of this bill’s enactment a report containing those standards and a plan for implementing them would have to be provided to Congress.

Impact

School resource officers; law enforcement agencies; and the Depts. of Justice and Education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5243

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced this bill to establish national training standards for school resource officers, including active shooter training:

“American schools are soft targets, and as a nation, we must change that. Airlines used to be soft targets, they’re certainly not anymore. We’ve hardened vulnerable areas before, and we shall again. That effort  begins with empowering and supporting local law enforcement… We must ensure that our public schools have the necessary resources and a sufficient number of well-trained cops to protect our kids and teachers.”

This legislation has the support of five cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Steve Debenport / iStock)

AKA

School Watch and Training Act of 2018

Official Title

To direct the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education to develop and implement national standards and best practices for school resource officers.

    Nothing should distract what occurred in Parkland, Florida. The four deputies positioned outside waited FOUR WHOLE MINUTES and did not attempt to preserve life. This event was not an issue of firearm safety but of law enforcement cowardice. There definitely is a requirement for training standards for school resource officers.
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    Keep it at state level. They train State Troopers and local police. They are perfectly qualified to train Resource Officers without federal fingers in the Pie.
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    There’s two reasons why I do not support this bill: there is a better approach to standards on training and this is another example of Republicans politically maneuvering away from gun laws.
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    This is a State issue. They have a better idea of what is needed in their community. Idaho doesn’t need the same type of protection as South Central LA.
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    I do not want Betsy DeVos anywhere NEAR deciding what constitutes proper training of anything regarding schools. She is incompetent and needs to go. I do not support any bill that gives the current federal government a say in the education and safety of my students.
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    no. No. NO. HELL NO! We do not need a tax payer funded dimwitted bureaucrat involved with something the NRA already does and does it better than anything the Federal Bureaucracy can or ever will do!
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    Each state and city is unique, therefore, the training should be unique. You can't use a cookie cutter approach on custom situations that have so many variables. If you want to save lives, leave the training up to the states.
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    None of congress’ business. Education and law enforcement are both state concerns!
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    This is just a political item so you can pat yourselves on the back and say you did something when you have not
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    HECK YES!!!!! If anything, we should send all of our potential resource officers to train and get certified in Israel until we get our own system up and running.
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    Only the FBI are nationally trained. Police and resource officers are trained by the state as it should be.
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    Keep all training at state level. States have training for their officers.
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    Pass sensible gun laws instead of simply arming non-law enforcement individuals. This is a bad idea.
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    While concurring that school resource officers should experience immense training in order to remediate school violence, the implementation of such proposal should be reformed to where its jurisdiction favors state and local governments rather than the federal bureaucracy. Throughout current national time periods schools are evidently viewed by shooters as a advantage to capitalize in taking innocent lives. This precedent is not only irrefutable but the response should result in immediate action on behalf of morality. Regardless of the implications, while administrative and federal agencies such as the department of education may possess a vehement perspective on preserving the students lives, after all their only obligation is to provide/ensure a stable education system that is comprehensive while concise that meets the individual needs of each student. Respectably, while the department of education conveys a solution to alleviating such a harsh epidemic of school violence (particularly in public schools) there authority within the manner should be little to zero. Coming from a high school sophomore and Roman Catholic I definitely will not deny that these shooters intentions are not only reprehensible but just overall evil and despicable. There should be action to prevent school violence. However, while prioritizing the safety and well being of the school environment, we must not forget the liberties of the state and local governments rather than the federal bureaucracies. For those that support the original context of the proposal, keep in mind that you can still preserve life without having federal involvement. I mean I guess I just fail to understand the irony and misconception of some members on the left that feel that the authority of the federal government throughout state and local governments is imperative! Forgive me for getting partisan but these are sincere questions we have to ask ourselves before having the taxpayer pay out of their pockets to fuel this proposal if ratified. Preserve lives! Take action wisely! While collaborating to combat gun violence (disregarding partisan politics) we must acknowledge protecting the state/local liberty while preserving lives simultaneously.
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    Yes, because the state of CA would mess this up too.
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    If you can’t find the money for actual education and quality teachers and staff, how does hiring a bunch of resource offices help with educating people so they have opportunities and not defer to shooting people......An analogy to this may be buying a lot of water (tainted water at that) to fill a swimming pool with a lot of leaks. Instead of addressing the leaks, some “No child left behind” buffoons have decided it appropriate to buy a lot of tainted water, instead of using common sense. Then they will pay more to treat the water in an attempt to make it look as if they had a clue. Go to root cause to address issues with real solutions that benefit society. Poorly educated children are not going to see opportunities, if they are treated like prisoners, in a police-state society. Making schools a police-state environment, is only training our children for the next stage in the Conservative agenda, to implement a full police-state in our towns and cities and society when they graduate and move into the real world.
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    Goodness No! There is a simpler way. However, the NRA pocket rich GOP refuse to see it! Raise all gun ages to 21. Disallow semi and automatic weapons. Keep DeVoss clear of the education program as she is the last person the education system needs setting standards!!
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    Active shooter training is important but this is best left to the States, the school district in Parkland caused this shooting by not arresting students to qualify for federal money, this is why Cruz was not arrested before this happened, so it’s better if the federal government stays out of it.
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    No. Keep the federal government out of local schools. Put a real cop in schools where the local school board wants one. Outlaw guns that you don’t trust your neighbors with.
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    Sometimes you have to wonder about these laws & how it's a no duh !! They should all be trained to the very same high standard, as they are protecting our children, our future
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