State law requires SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.6 Suspension of expulsion of pupils; school searches.
(e) To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities may inspect and search places and areas such as lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school, as well as personal effects left in those places and areas by students, without notice to or the consent of the student, and without a search warrant. As a matter of public policy, the General Assembly finds that students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places and areas or in their personal effects left in these places and areas. School authorities may request the assistance of law enforcement officials for the purpose of conducting inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs. If a search conducted in accordance with this Section produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law, local ordinance, or the school's policies or rules, such evidence may be seized by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken. School authorities may also turn over such evidence to law enforcement authorities.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 50-705-10.22 School resource officers.
(a) The Board shall develop or approve a course for school resource officers as defined in Section 10-20.68 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/10-20.68]. (b) The school resource officer course shall be developed within one year after January 1, 2019 (the effective date of Public Act 100-984) and shall be created in consultation with organizations demonstrating expertise and or experience in the areas of youth and adolescent developmental issues, educational administrative issues, prevention of child abuse and exploitation, youth mental health treatment, and juvenile advocacy. (c) The Board shall develop a process allowing law enforcement agencies to request a waiver of this training requirement for any specific individual assigned as a school resource officer. Applications for these waivers may be submitted by a local law enforcement agency chief administrator for any officer whose prior training and experience may qualify for a waiver of the training requirement of this subsection (c). The Board may issue a waiver at its discretion, based solely on the prior training and experience of an officer. (d) Upon completion, the employing agency shall be issued a certificate attesting to a specific officer’s completion of the school resource officer training. Additionally, a letter of approval shall be issued to the employing agency for any officer who is approved for a training waiver under this subsection (d).
Public Act 99-0456 School District Self-Assessment Checklist
Policy requires districts to provide ongoing professional development for school resource officers regarding specific discipline topics, including adverse consequences of school exclusion, adverse consequences of criminal justice system involvement, effective classroom management strategies, culturally responsive discipline, and developmentally appropriate disciplinary methods.
The Transforming School Discipline Collaborative Model Student Code of Conduct
Document encourages professional development for school resource officers regarding specific discipline topics, including adverse consequences of school exclusion, adverse consequences of criminal justice system involvement, effective classroom management strategies, culturally responsive discipline, and developmentally appropriate disciplinary methods.