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Arizona: School resource officers to receive "mental health training"

Nov 15, 2019, ABC15, Phoenix, AZ: Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training School resource officers across Arizona are getting new training starting next week. The idea came from a state lawmaker who didn't agree with Governor Doug Ducey's plan just to add more SROs. She says the issue is training them. Representative Alma Hernandez tweeted the governor during his state of the state address earlier this year, saying Arizona needs counselors, not cops. Hernandez believes SROs need the training to identify students in a mental health crisis or how to de-escalate a situation. … More than 100 SROs are already signed up for the training. At this point, the training is voluntary, but Hernandez says there's legislation being drafted to make it mandatory.


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