COLUMBUS — School resource officers in the state will now be trained by state standards and Ohio schools will be allotted $14 million for new school safety measures under a locally sponsored Ohio House bill signed into law Friday.

State Reps. John Patterson, D-Jefferson — a former Jefferson Area teacher — and Sarah LaTourette, R-Chesterland, introduced Ohio House Bill 318 in August 2017 as a way to define and codify the role and requirements of school resource officers, or SROs, in Ohio. Now its backers hope to make the new law a framework for a similar federal bill.

In Ashtabula County, SROs come from the school districts’ municipal police departments or the county Sheriff’s Department, but there has been no Ohio law requiring that.

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Ohio school resource officer standards become law