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Michigan: Proposal for 500 more 'resource officer's' in state schools

Mar 23, 2018, Iron Mountain (MI) Daily News: Proposal: Protect kids with more school police, counselors http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/news/local-news/2018/03/proposal-protect-kids-with-more-school-police-counselors/ Sidestepping the debate over gun laws, Michigan’s law enforcement and education leaders on Thursday proposed a $120 million security plan that includes staffing schools with more police and counselors in light of last month’s shooting massacre at a Florida high school…. … It would pay for 500 more “resource officers” — armed local police and sheriff’s deputies embedded in school districts — and an unspecified number of school-based mental health professionals. About one-third of traditional districts now have such officers…. Under the school-security proposal, the state would allocate $50 million annually for school-based police, $50 million for counselors and $20 million to help update school buildings with “hardened” doors, windows and other security features. … Other components of the plan would require that threats against schools be reported to law enforcement, create a graduated system of criminal penalties for those who make threats and ease the ability to mandate that they get a mental health evaluation. …