State law authorizes the placement of local law enforcement or security personnel on school campuses through MOUs or partnership agreements.
Arkansas Code 12-9-501. Law Enforcement Officer Training and Standard - Legislative determination
(d) (1) The General Assembly further recognizes that:
- (B) Matters of public school campus safety require specialized education and training for law enforcement officers, school resource officers, and other school personnel who respond to incidents on school campuses:
- (i) To develop and maintain strong partnerships between school personnel and law enforcement in preventing and responding to acts of violence, terrorism, and natural disaster that occur on public school campuses;
Arkansas Code 6-10-128. School resource officers
(a) A school district board of directors may accept from a local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction a school resource officer to assist with school security, safety, emergency preparedness, emergency response, or any other responsibility assigned to the school resource officer by the school or law enforcement agency.
Arkansas Code 6-15-1303. Safe Schools Initiative Act.
- (A) The Safe Schools Initiative training for school personnel shall be hosted by an education service cooperative of which the school district is a constituent.
- (B) The designated personnel who receive the Safe Schools Initiative training shall train other school employees and students.
- (C) The Safe Schools Initiative training also may include without limitation the training and education needed to assist a public school in:
- (i) Developing prevention strategies and enhancing existing crisis management plans for campus security and safety issues;
- (ii) Delivering education to students and faculty on public safety and legal topics such as drugs and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, bullying and cyber-bullying, gangs, preventing the possession of weapons by minors, and responding to the threat of weapons at school;
- (iii) Preparing school safety assessments; and
- (iv) Cooperating effectively with law enforcement officers in the school setting.