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“If anything, it would be in the cafeteria,” said Cameron Niehus, a senior at Chardon High School. “Someone has a bag of chips and they smack it…and it makes a popping noise.” Chardon High School students Cameron Niehus, a senior, and Matthew Reminder, a sophomore, describe how students react to loud noises. A shooter stormed into the cafeteria on February 27, 2012.

Shaw took a 40-hour basic course with the Ohio School Resource Officers Association and has continued to take new classes each year. He currently serves as the association’s vice president. While law enforcement is still an important part of his job, he said an SRO also plays the role of counselor and teacher.

News 5 Cleveland conducted the first survey regarding who schools employ to provide security on their campuses. Our team reviewed the training certificates for security staff at the 50 largest Ohio high schools. We found 42 schools employ one – or sometimes two – full-time trained school resource officers.

“ If I had to make a choice of how are we going to respond in terms of dealing with school safety and security, I’d certainly prefer a trained school resource officer,” said Daniel Flannery, professor and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention and Education. In addition, there is no requirement for schools to hire a certified law enforcement officer.

Flannery also said there is anecdotal evidence that a law enforcement officer’s presence improves student perception of police and feelings of safety inside schools. He said there is scant evidence that school resource officers can singlehandedly prevent school shootings or crime inside schools.

“They’re not going to be able to deter every act of violence that might occur because they’re only one person.” Daniel Flannery, director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, talks about whether school districts should hire a school resource officers.

Flannery said a school’s violence prevention plan should be more comprehensive than only hiring a security guard or SRO. He said a team that includes mental health workers and meets regularly to assess who may be a threat to themselves or others is the “kind of approach we need” to come closer to solving the problem.

Their legislation, Ohio House Bill 318 , was introduced earlier this year. It requires any officer who holds the title “School Resource Officer” to complete at least 40 hours of training with the Ohio School Resource Officers Association, its national counterpart, the National Association of School Resource Officers, or courses offered by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

The bill does not require schools to hire a trained school resource officer to provide security or fund officer salaries. Individual school districts will still decide if they want to hire a security officer and if the person they hire is a trained school resource officer.

“The state can’t fund something that doesn’t exist,” he said. “We have to be able to define it first. This is our best attempt to try and do something to enhance school safety. There’s a lot of things in life we can’t prevent, but we can try.”