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Hoagland supports safety in the classrooms

OFFERS TESTIMONY — State Sen. Frank Hoagland Tuesday delivered sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 168. -- Contributed

COLUMBUS — State Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, Tuesday testified before the Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee on new legislation to enhance school safety measures and better protect children in the classroom.

“School safety must continue to be a top priority in the state of Ohio,” said Hoagland. “This new mobile training team, in partnership with the Ohio attorney general, will provide the tools, training and resources necessary to protect Ohio’s most valuable investment, our kids.”

Senate Bill 168 would establish the Ohio Mobile Training Team Program and requires the Director of Public Safety to appoint a Chief Mobile Training Officer.

The Chief Mobile Training Officer will be charged with selecting 16 regional mobile training officers that provide services regarding school and campus safety and security to primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

Additionally, the bill will create the position of a school safety designee, who is trained and authorized to carry firearms in a school safety zone in order to protect the children and teachers who occupy the school. The school safety designee could be a school resource officer, a security officer or another individual authorized by a district board or school governing authority.

The legislation is a reintroduction of Senate Bill 147 of the 133rd General Assembly.

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