Governor signs Sen. Daughtry bill to help school resource officers better serve diverse student populations

Posted: June 14, 2021 | Senator Daughtry

AUGUSTA — On Thursday, June 10, Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a bill from Sen. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick. LD 1040, “An Act To Require Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training or Implicit Bias Training for School Resource Officers,” will help ensure school resource officers have the training they need to serve more diverse student populations.

“School resource officers help ensure the safety of the students, educators and staff they work with, and they are vital members of their school communities. They’re often the first law enforcement personnel that young people interact with. That’s why it’s so important we give these officers all the tools and training they need to connect with students,” said Sen. Daughtry. “I’m so grateful for the incredible support this bill has received and to Gov. Mills for signing it into law.”

LD 1040 will require a school resource officer to complete training regarding diversity, equity and inclusion or implicit bias training at least once during that officer’s first year of employment as a school resource officer.

LD 1040 will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.