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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Legislation on School Resource Officer training requirements pass senate

 

March 13, 2019



The Washington State Senate passed a bill regarding school resource officer training in a bipartisan - 48 in favor and one excused - vote on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 5141 outlines specific training requirements, like de-escalation techniques, along with adding grant funding and new requirements for school and law enforcement agreements.

The bill adds a clear definition of school resource officers, and their goals. Usually referred to as SROs, the officers are commissioned law enforcement professionals often from local police or sheriff departments, who work in schools.

Chair of the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Sen. Lisa Wellman, D- Mercer Island, spoke in favor of this bill...



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