JACKSON, Mississippi – Mississippi’s Legislature is taking $1.57 million out of the state budget to put guns in schools.
It’s all part of the state’s plan to place what it says will be 157 “trained” law enforcement officers on campuses with the start of the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing program. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a self-proclaimed fiscal watchdog, proposed spending the $1.57 million for the guns-in-school initiative. He said in a press statement Friday that officers will be placed at schools in 50 districts around the state. Ten of the schools are in the Hinds County district. Neither Madison nor Rankin counties is included in the districts designated to get the officers. Click here to view all districts that received grants.
The program provides up to $10,000 to pay for a certified law enforcement officer at a public school. The local community will fund the remaining costs.
Reeves proposed the program in response to the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead.
Law enforcement officers will be required to train in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program, which is used by law enforcement nationwide to train officers on responding to shooting incidents.