New Pennsylvania law restores school police arrest powers
School police officers in Pennsylvania have had their powers to make arrests restored after being inadvertently taken away earlier this year.
In the recent flurry of bills that Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law was one that addresses a couple of issues related to school safety officers. Aside from returning arrest powers to school police officers, it extends the deadline for certain school police, resource and unarmed school security officers to complete required training to the start of the next school year rather than the middle of this school year.
It also sets the deadline for armed school security officers to obtain their training by Feb. 28 unless that creates a hardship. In that case, the school’s governing body can extend the deadline up to the start of the 2020-21 school year.