More State Funds For School Safety

Criminal Justice Institute

Govenor Asa Hutchinson will make funding for the Criminal Justice Institute’s Center for School Safety a permanent line item in the state budget, he announced at the Institute’s Arkansas Safe Schools Conference on Monday.

Hutchinson noted he provided $400,000 this year out of discretionary funds for the Center, which provides training, resources and technical assistance to educators and law enforcers. In 2018, he directed $300,000 in discretionary funds for training school resource officers. There are now 370 in the state’s 238 districts.

Hutchinson said the funding should be permanent because the Center is a long-term necessity.

In addition, Hutchinson said he has asked for $800,000 for panic button systems for the upcoming school year.     MORE

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