AN ACT TO DEFINE THE TERM "SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER" AND REQUIRE TRAINING FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AND TO REQUIRE A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR OR SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER TO SIGN A SCHOOL-BASED COMPLAINT INITIATED BY A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PRIOR TO BEING FILED IN JUVENILE COURT.
Enacts new GS 115C-105.70 to define a school resources officer as a law enforcement officer assigned to one or more public schools within a public school unit for at least 20 hours per week for more than 12 weeks per calendar year to assist with the five stated issues, including school safety and security, consistent with any written memorandum of understanding between the school and the law enforcement agency governing the officer. Requires compliance, within one year of being assigned as a school resource officer, with initial training standards that are to be developed by the specified entities; also requires continuing education to be developed by those same entities. Requires training on at least mental health, students with disabilities, racial equity, and crisis intervention and de-escalation. Applies to school resource officers assigned on or after January 1, 2022. Requires those assigned before that date to complete training by December 31, 2022.
Makes conforming changes to GS 17C-6 and 17E-4 directing the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission to establish the training standards. Requires the initial standards to be established by January 15, 2022.
Enacts new GS 7B-1802A to require a school-based complaint in which delinquency is alleged to have occurred that is initiated by a school resource officer to be signed by a school administrator or school social worker before it is referred to a juvenile court counselor or filed in court. Defines a school-based complaint to mean a complaint in which delinquency is alleged to have occurred on school grounds, school property, at a school bus stop, or at an off-campus school-sanctioned event, or whose victim is identified as a school. Effective January 1, 2022, and applies to school-based complaints initiated on or after that date by school resource officers.