The Allegany County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to add an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) to the county’s public school system for the 2018-2019 school year. Allegany County will have a total of nine SROs dedicated to serving the school system.
According to the Cumberland Times-News:
The addition of one SRO will bring the total to four officers supplied through the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. The additional five SROs are supplied through other agencies.
Brandon Butler, county administrator, introduced the topic for a vote. He said while Maryland recently approved additional funding for school security statewide, it may be as late as 2020 before the funds and associated guidelines are made available.
SB 1265, Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018, passed the General Assembly on the final day of the 2018 legislative session and has been signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. The legislation creates a variety of statewide standards and guidelines.
The bill requires public high schools to have either a school resource officer or plans for adequate law enforcement coverage by the upcoming school year. Public middle and elementary schools will need to have either a school resource officer or plans for adequate law enforcement coverage in place prior to the 2019-2020 school year.