As reported in the Capital Gazette, legislation in the General Assembly would provide additional school resource officers at schools throughout the state. The bill was set forth by Anne Arundel County Administration, and is sponsored by Delegate Kipke at their request. The bill would allow the state to spend slot machine revenue on security personnel and mental health services for public schools.
During debated in the House Ways and Means Committee this week, Alan Friedman, Anne Arundel County’s Director of Governmental Relations describes the background of the bill. The legislation emerges in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, but it has local roots, too. As reported,
Alan Friedman, Anne Arundel County’s director of governmental relations, said the additional resource officers are needed. . . Friedman cited an incident last week at North County High School, during which 25-year-old Glen Burnie man entered the school through a back door. School staff confronted him and a police resource officer detained him, leading to a search of his car and home that yielded guns and ammunition. . . The man was charged with trespassing and remains under mental evaluation in a hospital.
Friedman credited the detention with the school resource officer, stating “That (school resource officer) was there, that SRO was trained, and we were able to avoid a potential disaster.”