DCJS; training standards for school resource officers. (HB2734)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from 16 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Criminal Justice Services; school resource officers; school administrators; training. Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services (Department) to establish compulsory minimum training standards for law-enforcement officers serving as school resource officers that shall include (i) relevant state and federal laws; (ii) school and personal liability issues; (iii) security awareness in the school environment; (iv) mediation and conflict resolution, including de-escalation techniques; (v) disaster and emergency response; (vi) awareness of cultural diversity and implicit bias; (vii) working with students with disabilities, behavioral health or substance abuse disorders, or trauma experiences; and (viii) student behavioral dynamics, including child and adolescent development. The bill also directs the Department, in consultation with the Department of Education and the Virginia State Crime Commission, to include such similar minimum training standards for school security officers. The bill requires each school board to ensure that every public school employs at least one school administrator who has attended school safety training conducted by the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety in school safety, anti-bullying tactics, and effective identification of students who may be at risk for violent behavior and are in need of special services or assistance. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104134D
01/16/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #4
01/28/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2734)
01/28/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 3-N)
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice