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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Marino (PA-10) to Introduce Legislation Authorizing Funding for Armed Guards in Schools

March 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – With the school shooting last month in Parkland Florida, it is time we take the security of our nation’s children seriously. When parents send their kids to school every morning, they trust their child will be safe and will return home at the end of the day. Congress must take steps to increase security by authorizing programs which provide more funding to hire guards for schools.

In the coming days, I will be introducing legislation to reauthorize the COPS in Schools(CIS) program. Between 1999 and 2005, Congress provided funding for the CIS program which provided grants for hiring School Resource Officers(SRO) to conduct community policing services in and around primary and secondary schools. A School Resource Officer is a sworn law enforcement official responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in schools. SRO’s act as a safety expert and law enforcement official for schools by making arrests, issuing citations on campus, taking actions against unauthorized persons on school property and responding to off-campus criminal activities that involve students.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement:

“My legislation requires the funding authorized by the Cops in Schools program be used to hire military veterans and retired police officers, who through their training either in the military or while on a police force, have the skills necessary to provide effective security for schools. With tens of thousands of our nations veterans unemployed there is a great opportunity for Congress to protect Americas school children while providing quality jobs for our veteran’s as School Resource Officers. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House on effective policies to ensure that our children are safe at school.”