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.
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Committee on Education and LaborCommittee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedMarch 9th, 2018
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What is House Bill H.R. 5243?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 5243
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.
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