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Indiana attorney general, lawmaker seek $10 million for school protection

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 4:38 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a Republican state senator are seeking $10 million to place more law enforcement in Indiana's schools.

Zoeller and Sen. Pete Miller of Avon said Thursday the money would be provided to school corporations as a matching grant to hire additional "school resource officers" like those already used in Indiana schools.

Funding would be limited to up to $50,000 per school district, but Zoeller says that could change as lawmakers consider the measure in their upcoming session.

Zoeller and Miller say they began work on the measure before the Newtown school shooting and that the officers would do more than simply protect against shootings. The proposal would expand a statewide program that keeps police in schools to help with mentoring, resolving disputes and other issues.