house resolution no.198

Rep. Harris offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare February 2024 as School Resource Officer Appreciation Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, The safety and well-being of the students within the educational institutions of the state of Michigan are foundational principles that contribute to the overall success of our communities; and

Whereas, School Resource Officers (SROs) stand as steadfast guardians, embodying the commitment to fostering a secure and nurturing learning environment by building positive relationships with students, staff, and the broader community; and

Whereas, The State of Michigan recognizes and deeply appreciates the indispensable role played by SROs in not only maintaining safety within our schools but also in proactively engaging with students to prevent incidents and providing a rapid, effective response to emergencies; and

Whereas, SROs go beyond their law enforcement duties by offering mentorship, guidance, and support to students, thereby contributing significantly to their personal development, character building, and overall success; and

Whereas, The professionalism, dedication, and commitment exhibited by SROs are a beacon of inspiration, leaving an enduring impact on the educational experience of students and contributing positively to the cultural fabric of our schools; and

Whereas, The State of Michigan acknowledges the critical importance of fostering collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and the community to ensure the safety, security, and holistic development of our students; and

Whereas, In 2023, the State of Michigan further expanded access to SROs by providing nearly $25 million in new grant funding for the hiring of 195 SROs to enhance the safety and security for more than 334,000 students in Michigan.

Whereas, The successful collaboration between SROs, educators, and community stakeholders has resulted in safer school environments, stronger community ties, and an increased sense of trust among students towards law enforcement; and

Whereas, The State of Michigan values and supports initiatives that promote positive interactions, open communication, and understanding between SROs, students, and the community; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare February 2024 as School Resource Officer Appreciation Month in the state of Michigan. We commemorate  and express profound gratitude for the outstanding service, professionalism, and dedication of SROs in the state; commend the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and community stakeholders in creating an environment that prioritizes the safety, well-being, and success of our students; and encourage continued collaboration and the sharing of best practices among law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and community organizations to enhance school safety and foster positive relationships within the educational community.