From the desk of Jon Akers, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for School Safety
Update report on School Resource Officers pursuant to the following statutes:
KRS 158.4414 (12) No later than November 1 of each year, the local school district superintendent shall report to the Center for School Safety the number and placement of school resource officers in the district. The report shall include the source of funding and method of employment for each position.
KRS 158.442 (2)(i) Beginning July 1, 2020 and by July 1 of each subsequent year, provide an annual report to the Governor, the Kentucky Board of Education, and the Interim Joint Committee on Education regarding the status of school safety in Kentucky, including the number and placement of school resource officers working in school districts in Kentucky and the source of funding and method of employment for each position in accordance with KRS 158.4414;
Here are a few summary items:
- There are 486 fulltime SROs and 34 part-time SROs.
- 16 Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) agencies have been approved by the Justice Cabinet.
- Campbellsville Independent School District and Clinton School District have funds for these positions. Currently, they are in the hiring process.
- 21 districts do not have SROs (that includes KSB and KSD). That’s down from 22 last year.
*This was data submitted by the school district’s School Safety Coordinators. We will update this list on an on-going basis.
Special note: I realize that the deadline to report this data to the Governor’s office, Kentucky Board of Education and the Interim Joint Committee on Education is July 1 of each year. It just made good sense to me, since this data is required to be sent to the Kentucky Center for School Safety by November 1st of each year, for me to send it to you earlier and before the legislative session.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me personally.