A law backed by State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, that requires the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board to develop a special certification program for school resource officers will take effect at the beginning of next year.
“With violence in school occurring more often, the safety and well-being of our students is more important than ever,” Connor said in a news release. “By requiring a specific training program to be developed to aid school resource officers, we’re taking more steps to ensure that our children feel safe and happy in their schools.”
The law, Senate Bill 2925, provides that the board create or approve a training program for school resource officers that covers subjects such as child and adolescent psychology, youth mental health, trauma intervention, conflict resolution and child abuse prevention.
The program must consist of at least 40 hours of training, and will require recertification every four years.