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Bill allowing retired law enforcement  to serve as SROs advances

Legislation aimed at helping fill school resource officer (SRO) vacancies in  Tennessee was approved by the House chamber this week. 

House Bill 2682, sponsored by State Rep. Clay Doggett, R-Pulaski, allows retired law enforcement officers to temporarily return to work without losing retirement benefits if certain conditions are met. 

“Allowing these retirees to come back into the workforce to fill these voids hopefully will give opportunity for local departments to find qualified officers going forward  after this two-year program,” Doggett said. 

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Law enforcement officers have to be retired for at least 60 days and can be re-employed for up to a year, with extensions possible. 

The General Assembly in 2023 allocated $230 million to enhance school safety,  including $30 million for a school resource officer in every public school in the state.

The companion version of House Bill 2682 is still advancing through the Senate. If  approved, the law would take effect July 1. It would be repealed on June 30, 2026.

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