Louisiana - School Resource Officer Training: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:416.16 School resource officers

A. Any city, parish, or other local public school system and any nonpublic school may make or enter into agreements with a local law enforcement agency to provide for school resource officers. Any city, parish, or other local public school system and any nonpublic school shall ensure that any school resource officer provided by a local law enforcement agency as provided in this Section is in compliance with the provisions of Subsection B of this Section.

B. (1) A “school resource officer” shall be a peace officer as defined in R.S. 40:2402.

  • (2) A “school resource officer” shall be certified by a nationally accredited school resource officer program or a state school resource officer training program certified by the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

C. The Council on Peace Officers Standards and Training shall review and approve any advanced, in-service, or specialized training for school resource officers as the council shall deem advisable.


Louisiana Revised Statutes 40:2404.1 Additional powers of the council, school resource officers, School Violence Prevention Training Program

A. In accordance with the provisions of R.S. 40:2404(11) and R.S. 17:416.19, the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training shall develop and implement a School Violence Prevention Training Program under their jurisdiction and within the existing school resource officer program in conjunction with the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, the office of state police, local law enforcement agencies, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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