COLUMBUS- State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) today testified before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee on Senate Bill 168, which would enhance school safety measures and increase protection of children in the classroom.
"I firmly believe that we need to trust the expertise of our law enforcement and public safety professionals who know best," said Hoagland. "This team of professionals will provide schools with the training, resources, and expertise necessary to make our educational institutions more secure."
The bill would establish the Ohio Mobile Training Team Program under the Ohio Department of Public Safety and would require the Director to appoint a Chief Mobile Training Officer. The Chief Mobile Training Officer will be charged with selecting 16 regional mobile training officers that provide services regarding school and campus safety and security to primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
The bill would also create a "school safety designee" position within schools, who will be trained and authorized to carry firearms in a school zone in order to protect the children, teachers, and staff. The school safety designee may be a school resource officer (SRO), a security officer, or another individual authorized by a district board or school governing authority.