Ala. House Committee OKs Bill Allowing Schools to Hire Resource Officers

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama House committee has passed a bill that will allow school systems to hire trained resource officers to provide security in their schools and for the school system to pay for the cost of training and hiring the officers.

The director of Alabama's Department of Homeland Security, Spencer Collier, said it's a way of insuring that Alabama student are safe when at school.

"To get people trained as police officers is the best way to make sure schools are safe," Collier said.

The House Education Policy Committee voted Tuesday to pass the legislation to allow school systems to hire the security personnel with the school system paying the cost.

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