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H.R. 6512: PROTECT KIDS Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6512

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 25, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To authorize the Attorney General to establish a five-year pilot program to make grants to local educational agencies for the hiring of school resource officers, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Promoting Resource Officers Together for Exceptionally Critical Targets with Key Investments in Districts and Schools Act of 2018 or the PROTECT KIDS Act.

2.

Grants for the hiring and training of school resource officers

(a)

Establishment

The Attorney General may establish a five-year pilot program to make grants to local educational agencies to enter into partnerships with local law enforcement agencies for the hiring of school resource officers to operate in and around elementary schools and secondary schools.

(b)

Application requirement

A grant may be made under subsection (a) if a local educational agency submits an application to the Attorney General at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may require. The application shall include a list of elementary schools or secondary schools in the jurisdiction of the local educational agency—

(1)

that seek to use a school resource officer;

(2)

at which no school resource is deployed at the time of the application; and

(3)

to which a school resource officer is expected to be deployed using a grant.

(c)

Preferential consideration of certain applications

In making grants under subsection (a), the Attorney general may give preferential consideration, where feasible, to local educational agencies determined by the Secretary of Education to have a student population exceeding 65,000 in the jurisdiction of such local educational agency as of January 1, 2018.

(d)

Amount of grant

The amount of a grant under this section may not exceed $10,000,000 for each fiscal year.

(e)

Matching funds

The Attorney General may make a grant under subsection (a) only if the applicant for the grant agrees to match, from funds provided from State or local government sources, a cash amount equal to 100 percent of the grant made available by the Attorney General.

(f)

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Elementary school; secondary school; local educational agency

The terms elementary school, secondary school, and local educational agency have the meanings given those terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

(2)

School resource officer

The term school resource officer has the meaning given the term in section 1706 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10389).

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated $225,000,000 for the first fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act, and each of the next four fiscal years thereafter.