TOPEKA – (August 4, 2016) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will conduct a public meeting next week to gather input on the drafting of new regulations for the training of law enforcement officers who work primarily in schools, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
The attorney general is required by a new law, passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature, to collaborate with the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and the Kansas State Board of Education and promulgate rules and regulations by January 1, 2017. The new rules and regulations must focus on creating skill development training for responding effectively to misconduct in school while minimizing student exposure to the juvenile justice system. The law requires school superintendents or their designees and law enforcement officers assigned primarily to schools to complete the training.
The attorney general has appointed an informal working group to make recommendations to the attorney general on what the new rules and regulations should contain. The public meeting of the working group will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, at Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Ave. in Topeka in the 2nd Floor Auditorium. Persons who wish to submit information for the working group to consider may do so at the public meeting. Any individual with a disability may request an accommodation in order to participate in the public meeting. Requests for accommodation to participate in the meeting should be made by contacting the Office of Attorney General at 785-296-2215. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged. Individuals wishing to attend may pre-register on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov/sro-meeting. A form is also available on the website for those who wish to submit written comments.
The training requirement was included as a provision of Senate Bill 367, which made amendments to the juvenile justice system. A copy of the bill is available at http://bit.ly/2avRuG4.