115C-105.57. Center for Safer Schools.

(a) Center for Safer Schools Established. - There is established the Center for Safer Schools. The Center for Safer Schools shall be administratively located in the Department of Public Instruction. The Center for Safer Schools shall consist of an executive director appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and such other professional, administrative, technical, and clerical personnel as may be necessary to assist the Center for Safer Schools in carrying out its powers and duties.

(b) Executive Director. - The Executive Director shall report to and serve at the pleasure of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at a salary established by the Superintendent within the funds appropriated for this purpose.

(c) Powers and Duties. - The Center for Safer Schools shall have all powers and duties provided in this Article.

(d) Agency Cooperation. - All State agencies and departments shall cooperate with the Center for Safer Schools in carrying out its powers and duties, as necessary, in accordance with this Article.

(e) Annual Census of School Resource Officers. - The Center for Safer Schools shall conduct an annual census of school resource officers located in each public school unit. The Center shall submit a report based on this census to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee and the State Board of Education by March 1 of each year. At a minimum, the report shall include all of the following information:

(1) The total number of school resource officers in the State and in each public school unit.

(2) Data regarding school resources officers' education levels, years as sworn law enforcement officers, and years as school resource officers.

(3) Training required of school resource officers and training actually completed by school resource officers, including training specific to the position of school resource officer and other advanced or additional training.

(4) The funding source for all school resource officers.

(5) The location of school resource officers, differentiated by grade levels and type of public school unit.

(6) The percentage of school resource officers assigned to more than one school.

(7) The law enforcement affiliation of school resource officers. (2018-97, s. 2.4(d); 2019-222, s. 2.1.)