Hire Our Heroes to Protect Our Schools Act of 2018 reauthorizes the COPS Secure Our Schools grant program to provide states, localities, and tribal governments with the resources they need to hire retired officers, and take other common sense steps to prevent violence in our schools.
Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) proposed H.R. 5139 arguing “placing highly trained and professional individuals in our schools is one of the easiest methods to bolster school security. And no one is better trained and better equipped to handle a potential school shooting situation than our nation’s men and women in law enforcement, and the same holds true for retired officers.”
Hiring retired police officers to provide school security is a common sense step to better secure and prepare our schools, and it could be achieved almost immediately. Most importantly, doing so could go a long way towards protecting our students who are in school to learn, not become victims of hate.
Initially, the idea of hiring retired police officers in schools was brought to Chabot’s attention by Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils.
In addition to hiring retired police officers, the federal funding reauthorized by Chabot’s legislation can be used for a number of school safety measures, including:
- the hiring of school resource officers;
- preparing school faculty and staff for active shooter situations;
- the installation of metal detectors and other technology upgrades to help prevent shootings and more efficiently notify local law enforcement of an active shooter;
- and efforts to address mental illness in our school systems by providing training assistance to counselors, teachers, and staff so they are better equipped to identify and ensure the health and wellbeing of all students.
We urge you to support H.R. 5139 and its sponsor Congressman Steve Chabot.