2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
May 18, 2021 - Introduced by Representatives Steineke, Stubbs, Dittrich,
Armstrong, Baldeh, Cabral-Guevara, Duchow, Edming, Goyke, Gundrum,
Katsma, Kitchens, Krug, Kurtz, Loudenbeck, Macco, Milroy, Moses,
Mursau, Novak, Petryk, Schraa, Spiros, Steffen, Tranel, Wittke and
Zimmerman, cosponsored by Senators Roth,
L. Taylor, Wanggaard and
Ballweg. Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
1An Act to create
66.0512 and 165.28 (4) of the statutes; relating to: school
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law provides standards and training requirements for law
enforcement officers, but current law does not provide specific standards or training
requirements for school resource officers, who are law enforcement officers assigned
by a law enforcement agency to work in collaboration with a school district, private
school, or independent charter school. This bill requires the Office of School Safety
in the Department of Justice to develop standards and approve a certified training
program for school resource officers. The bill prohibits law enforcement agencies
from assigning officers after September 1, 2022, as school resource officers unless
they have completed a training program that DOJ has approved.
The bill also requires the Office of School Safety to maintain a database of all
school resource officers. Under the bill, the office must include in the database the
school district, private school, or independent charter school to which each school
resource officer is assigned and when the officer completed the training required
under the bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
66.0512 of the statutes is created to read:
166.0512 School resource officers. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Law enforcement agency” has the meaning given in s. 165.83 (1) (b).
(b) “Law enforcement officer" means a person employed by the state or a 4
political subdivision of the state for the purpose of detecting and preventing crime 5
and enforcing laws or ordinances and who is authorized to make arrests for violations 6
of the laws or ordinances that the person is employed to enforce.
(c) “School resource officer” means a law enforcement officer who is deployed 8
in community-oriented policing and assigned by the law enforcement agency that 9
employs him or her to work in a full-time capacity in collaboration with a school 10
district, a governing body of a private school, or an operator of a charter school 11
authorized under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x).
No law enforcement agency may assign a law enforcement officer to be a 13
school resource officer unless the law enforcement officer completes a training 14
program that is approved under s. 165.28 (4) (a).
If a law enforcement agency assigns a law enforcement officer to be a school 16
resource officer, the law enforcement agency shall provide the department of justice 17
with the information the department requests for the database under s. 165.28 (4) 18
165.28 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) No later than 90 days after the effective date of this paragraph 21
.... [LRB inserts date], develop standards and approve a certified training program 22
regarding the role and function of school resource officers, deescalation techniques, 23
and the employment of law enforcement officers in an educational environment. In 24
this subsection, “school resource officer” has the meaning given in s. 66.0512 (1) (c).
(b) Maintain a database of individuals employed as school resource officers. 2
The data shall include, for each school resource officer, the school district, the private 3
school, or the charter school authorized under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) to which the school 4
resource officer is assigned and when the school resource officer completed the 5
training program required under s. 66.0512 (2).
(1) The treatment of s. 66.0512 (2) first applies to assignments made, renewed, 8
or extended on the effective date of this subsection.
This act takes effect on September 1, 2022, except 10
The treatment of s. 165.28 (4) (a) takes effect on the day after publication.