Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘Common sense’ bill puts cops in schools

Tom RooneyIn order to provide new resources to local law enforcement agencies to put uniformed officers in schools, U.S. Representative Tom Rooney, R-Fla., has cosponsored the Protect America’s Schools Act.

Rooney’s office released this statement:

“Putting more uniformed officers in schools is the one step we can take that we know will deter violent actions and protect our children,” Rooney said. “This is common sense. I’ve talked to the sheriffs in my district, and they’re either already putting uniformed officers in schools, or they want to do so but can’t afford it. Refunding the Cops in Schools program will give local law enforcement officials the resources they need to keep our children safe.”

The Protect America’s Schools Act, introduced today by Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) reinstates the Cops in Schools (CIS) grant program, which has not been funded since 2005. CIS is specifically designed to give local law enforcement agencies additional resources to hire new police officers to protect schools. Funding for CIS would be offset, and the bill would not add to the deficit.

Joining Rooney as original cosponsors are Representatives Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Rich Nugent (FL-11), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), Cynthia Lummis (WY) and David Joyce (OH-14).

See the text of the Protect Americas Schools Act here.

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  • http://Bizpac Ted

    I fully support having uniformed law enforcement officers in all schools. Do a special tax, but, get it done. If one kid is saved because some nut case with a gun moves on because of a cop in the school, its well worth it. These are our kids, It is the only solution I see right now. Just saying…

  • RUSerious

    More guns in schools would only be 'Common sense' to an idiot or someone in the pay of the arms dealers.

  • Quan

    Wasn't there a School Officer in most Florida schools before the Florida Legislature and Governors cut it from the budget? I am sure that the newly rebranded "socialist" Rick Scott will now add it to this year's budget to buy himself four more years! More money for guns and arms from the Government, such intelligence from folks who claim they are against government programs and spending!

  • Micheal Hogue

    I can't support the effort to put more police in public schools.

    We need more parental involvement.

  • scott

    Elect another Republican, get another program. Why is it a Federal expense to safeguard local elementary schools?