JCPS outlines standard operating procedures for school officers


Jefferson County Public Schools have moved closer to creating guidelines for school safety officers. On Monday, the district’s policy committee discussed proposed standard operating procedures. This is all part of the ongoing discussion about finding the line between safe schools and closing the gap between students and law enforcement. with accountability and more transparency – and protection of staff and students. In the third year since SRO patrolled JCPS campuses, the district is seeking to restore security by changing the name of the position to School Safety Officers or SSO. No Perfect But Fair: Louisville Chief Speaks About JCPS Proposal for School Safety Officers On Monday, the Policy Committee introduced a number of changes to improve screening of potential officers, including the creation of a selection committee who will conduct interviews and assist with background checks. Once hired, Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said proper training will be the centerpiece. “When you talk about our SROs, they will all be working yes r long, 260 working days, which means in the summer too. So we want the vast majority of that training in this time of the summer when we don’t have of students in the school, is focused on training,” Pollio said. Among a number of procedures, weapons were the subject of great debate as the committee established guidelines on what security guards must do when carrying a district-issued firearm also possess tasers, handcuffs and body cameras The suggestion of body cameras made by board member Linda Duncan as a means of d “providing more transparency while protecting students. Another major procedure discussed was the power to arrest or detain students. Determining whether to detain a child in consultation with the Executive Administrator of Security and Investigations” , said Pollio. Policy recommendations will be presented at next Tuesday’s conference board meeting.

Jefferson County Public Schools have moved closer to creating guidelines for school safety officers.

On Monday, the district’s policy committee discussed proposed standard operating procedures. This is all part of the ongoing discussion about finding the line between safe schools and closing the gap between students and law enforcement.

That was the goal as the JCPS Policy Committee introduced changes and improvements to get law enforcement back to patrol its schools – with accountability and more transparency – and protect staff and students.

In the third year since SRO patrolled JCPS campuses, the district is looking to restore security by changing the name of the position to School Safety Officers or SSO.

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On Monday, the policy committee introduced a number of changes to improve vetting of potential officers, including the creation of a selection committee that will conduct interviews and help with background checks.

Once hired, superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said proper training would be the centerpiece.

“When you talk about our SROs, they will be working all year, 260 working days, which also means summer. So we want the vast majority of this training at this time during the summer when we don’t have any ‘students in school, to focus on training,’ Pollio said.

Among a number of procedures, weapons were the subject of much debate as the committee established guidelines for what security guards should do when carrying a district-issued firearm.

“An officer must not discharge a firearm, including if bystanders or innocent officers are likely to be injured, warning shots are prohibited,” Pollio said.

School security officers will also possess tasers, handcuffs and body cameras. Board member Linda Duncan’s suggestion of body cameras as a way to provide more transparency while protecting students. Another major procedure discussed was the power to arrest or detain students.

“The SSO makes the final decision to detain a child in consultation with the Executive Administrator for Security and Investigations,” Pollio said.

Policy recommendations will be presented at next Tuesday’s school board meeting.

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