House committee supports Cook’s bill increasing school safety

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee Tuesday voted in favor of legislation authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) that would allow local law enforcement to share student information with schools for security purposes.

Cook said law enforcement is currently restricted from sharing personal student information with schools, even when it may concern threats to safety. To improve communication and keep students safe, a proposed bill would permit law enforcement agencies to share certain investigation records with appropriate school staff.

“Police should be able to disclose information to schools they believe directly impacts the security and safety of students and educators,” Cook said. “To maintain a balance between privacy and safety, school personnel would not have unrestricted access to any unrelated personal details.”

According to Cook, police departments would be able to use discretion and keep records confidential if the requested information is not pertinent to school safety.

This bill is one of a number of proposals aimed at increasing school safety after last year’s school shooting in Noblesville.

House Bill 1398 now moves to the full House for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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