A previous bill was introduced in November that would prohibit the assignment of Montgomery Co. police officers to serve as SROs in county schools.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A rivaling School Resource Officer bill sponsored by Councilmembers Craig Rice and Sidney Katz is up for public discussion Thursday in Montgomery County that aims to keep SROs in schools. There is a separate bill being discussed by the council that aims to end the SRO program altogether.
The newly proposed bill said it aims to build positive law enforcement relationships within schools and would require SROs to undergo enhanced training. According to the bill, the chief of police would assign an SRO to a school upon the request of the superintendent of schools, and Montgomery County Public Schools would also govern the assignment of the school resource officers.
“I honestly thought it was really tone-deaf and I was kind of disappointed to see that,” MCPS senior Avery Smedley said of the bill.
The bill would continue the assignments of 23 police officers to work as school resource officers with the consent of MCPS and with enhanced training.
“I don’t want this to be minority students…