Bill would let Tennessee School Districts Hire Off-Duty Officers to Bolster School Security

Tennessee State Capital

A bipartisan bill would let Tennessee school districts hire off-duty law enforcement officers to bolster existing school security.
Under it, participating districts would get a list of interested officers. Officers would have to carry a loaded handgun. Districts would choose whether officers would wear uniforms and whether they have rifles.
Up to two officers would be offered per school. The program adds to existing school resource officers.
Using civil asset forfeiture money, the state would pay officers $50 per school day and $50 for afterschool events. Any additional money would come from state reserves.
Republican Senate sponsor Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville called it an emergency measure.