(May 23) – Gov. Hickenlooper traveled to Ouray, Colorado today in Rep. Mike McLachlan’s expansive Southwest Colorado district to sign a bill to improve safety in schools.
SB13-138, sponsored in the House by Reps. Mike McLachlan (D-Durango) and Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo), adds school resource officers to the list of community partners in the Colorado Safe Schools Act and defines several responsibilities related to school resource officers, including them as community partners and allowing school districts to consult with all community partners in adopting and implementing their safe school plans.
“Nothing can be prioritized above the safety of Colorado children,” Rep. McLachlan said. “School resource officers help create safe learning environments and respond to any safety threats within the school. This bill will make our kids safer.”
The bill directs the School Safety Resource Center within the Department of Public Safety to contract or hire an emergency response consultant to provide guidance to schools, School resource officers and community partners to perform several SRO-related duties.
“This is about ensuring our kids are safe when they go to school to learn,” Rep. Garcia said. “School resource officers bring school safety and public safety in coordination and including them in safety plans is crucial.”
This bill was sponsored by Republican Steve King in the Senate and passed both chambers unanimously.