Rep. O’Brien to reintroduce bill that extends SRO reimbursement program

Rep. O’Brien to reintroduce bill that extends SRO reimbursement program

PROVIDENCE – Rep. William W. O’Brien, District 54, North Providence, will be reintroducing a bill (2021-H 5367) that would extend the reimbursement to school districts or municipalities for newly hired school resource officers in the upcoming 2022 legislative session.

The FY 2019 budget item in Article 9 established a voluntary three-year pilot program to fund school resource officers at half the costs associated with employing new officers at public middle and high schools. The state reimburses 50 percent of the cost, while municipalities share the rest of the cost.

North Providence has hired several new school resource officers due to the program.

“The safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors in our schools is paramount and school resource officers are the best equipped and trained to deal with security situations. This is an important program that will keep our schools safer, it’s as simple as that,” concluded O’Brien.