Indianapolis March 30, 2023 – The National Police Association (NPA) has endorsed U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) introducing the Securing Aid for Every (SAFE) School Act. The SAFE School Act establishes a $900 million grant program that will allow both public and private schools to train and hire veterans and former law enforcement officers to serve as school safety officers, hire off duty law enforcement officers, and provide funding to harden schools and increase physical security.
The NPA’s endorsement: “We join the nation in grieving the loss of three beautiful children and three heroic adults on March 27, 2023 as a result of the shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, TN,” said Sgt. Betsy Smith (Ret.), Spokesperson, National Police Association. “At the recent nationally televised Academy Awards, celebrities were protected with metal detectors, armed guards and other target hardening. Unfortunately, the majority of our nation’s schools lack the security resources to provide similarly safe environments. So many events and venues are staffed with full time or part time security personnel who are often retired law enforcement officers, military veterans or both. These people frequently have decades of special training, and, more importantly, a heart to serve and the mindset to protect. The National Police Association encourages the support of the SAFE School Act, a grant program that will allow both public and private schools to hire and train veterans and retired law enforcement personnel as school security officers.”
More about the Act here https://www.blackburn.senate.gov/2023/3/blackburn-hagerty-introduce-safe-school-act
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