Arizona

In 2018, the Police Foundation staff conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the following aspects of school safety and security:

  • facility security and assessment requirements;
  • creation, and identification of roles and responsibilities for state school safety centers and school safety teams/committees;
  • requirements for school administrators and faculty;
  • allocation of funds for improving school safety and security; and
  • all-hazards emergency planning and preparedness.

The Police Foundation also reviewed legislation and amendments passed by state legislatures and signed into law following the mass violence attacks at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Seven states—Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—officially codified new significant school safety and security laws that address at least one of the aspects mentioned above. The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

The highlighted states on the map represent examples of states with comprehensive school safety legislation and promising practices.

 

PROMISING PRACTICES

 

  • Establishes the School Safety Program within the Department of Education, to have the state support the costs of placing school resource officers in schools to promote safety.
  • Requires school districts who wish to participate to have a detailed description of the school safety needs; a plan for implementing a law-related education program or school safety prevention strategy; and, a plan to use the trained school resource officers.
  • Requires the Department of Education to visit each school district that submits proposals to verify the information.
  • Requires the program to include a School Safety Program Guidance Manual.
  • Requires each school to develop an emergency response plan in conjunction with local law enforcement and emergency response agencies.
  • Establishes the Building Renewal Grant Fund for the purpose of maintaining the adequacy of existing school facilities. Allows the money to be used for major renovations and repairs and upgrading systems and infrastructure.

State Of Arizona

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