Florida Schools Looking to Hire New SROs

Florida Schools Looking to Hire New SROs

“We’re looking for those folks who really want to make a huge impact. Post Parkland we’ve had a surge of people who really want to make a difference,” schools police Chief Edwin Lopez told CBS Miami.

Police for Miami-Dade County Public Schools held a job fair Friday in hopes of recruiting almost 200 new school resource officers.

Funding for the new school resource officers was approved by Miami-Dade voters via Proposition 362. The measure provides additional funds for the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department.

Florida law requires at least one school safety officer per campus.

“We’re looking for those folks who really want to make a huge impact. Post Parkland we’ve had a surge of people who really want to make a difference,” schools police Chief Edwin Lopez told CBS Miami.

Applicants at the job fair were interviewed and underwent a background check and a physical. Some applicants, who had been through the police academy, were already certified. Non-certified applicants were also welcome to apply.

The best applicants were given a conditional offer at the end of the job fair, pending a polygraph test and psychological exam.

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