Mississippi

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

  • Requires the Department of Education to establish and maintain a School Safety Center to operate as a statewide clearinghouse to provide assistance during school crises and to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to officials and parents who need assistance in researching, developing, and implementing school safety plans.
  • Establishes the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools grant program to provide funding for SROs, to have law enforcement help develop or enhance school safety plans, and build relationships with schools.
  • Requires agencies that receive awards to attend Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy and complete Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program.
  • Requires each school district to have a comprehensive school safety plan that is updated annually.
  • Provides each school district the opportunity to apply for school safety grant funds that can be used to purchase safety equipment and pay for SROs, conduct training, obtain safety personnel including a crisis management/action team, and communications and monitoring equipment.
  • Requires school boards to establish a local School Safety Task Force to involve community members prior to applying for grants.

State Of Mississippi

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