Governor Lee likely to call for more SROs in upcoming budget address

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There were more indications Friday that schools across Tennessee will soon have an additional law enforcement presence. 

Police officers in public schools, more often called SROs, have become a key part of Tennessee’s K-12 education process, but there’s often been calls, from parents to educator, for more officers to keep kids safe. 

During an interview in Nashville Friday, the state’s new Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long thinks Governor Bill Lee will propose more funds for SROs. 

“I think you will see an additional amount put into the SROs,” said Commissioner Long. “I know the governor is considering a package to help with that.” 

While most Tennessee urban and suburban schools have had SROs for years and want more, there are lower income rural districts in Tennessee who have none of the officers in any school. 

That’s part of why more SROs will likely be proposed in Governor Lee’s upcoming State of the State address Mar. 4, where he outlines the state government budget.  

Commissioner Long was joined by House Republican Caucus Chair Cameron Sexton Thursday indicating the school resource officers would be part of the governor’s budget address. 

“I think there is also legislation coming that will have SROs in the school systems throughout the state of Tennessee that is part of the governor’s package,” Rep. Sexton told reporters after Thursday’s House session.

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