School Security Personnel
security personnel" are defined as SPOs, SROs, and school security
SPO is any of the following:
- A law
enforcement officer employed by a school entity or nonpublic school whose
responsibilities, including work hours, are established by the school
entity or nonpublic school.
independent contractor or an individual provided through a third-party
vendor who has been appointed by a judge of the court of common pleas of
the county within which the school entity or nonpublic school is situated,
as designated by the school board or administration of the nonpublic
independent contractor is an individual, including a retired Federal agent or
retired State, municipal or military police officer or retired sheriff or
deputy sheriff, whose responsibilities, including work hours, are established
in a written contract with a school entity or a nonpublic school for the
purpose of performing school security services.
third-party vendor is a company or entity approved by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education (PDE) Office for Safe Schools or the Pennsylvania
Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) that provides school security
SRO is a law enforcement officer commissioned and employed by a law enforcement
agency whose duty station is located in a school entity or nonpublic school and
whose stationing is established by an agreement between the law enforcement
agency and the school entity or nonpublic school. The term also includes an
active certified sheriff or deputy sheriff whose stationing in the school
entity or nonpublic school is established by a written agreement between the
county, the sheriff's office and the school entity or nonpublic school.
school security guard is an individual employed by a school entity, nonpublic
school or a third-party vendor or an independent contractor who is assigned to
a school for routine safety and security duties and has not been granted school
police officer powers and duties. A school security guard may provide the
following services as determined by the school entity or nonpublic school:
school safety support services; enhanced campus supervision; assistance with
disruptive students; monitoring visitors on campus; coordination with law
enforcement officials, including SPOs and SROs; and security functions which
improve and maintain school safety.
SPOs, SROs, and unarmed school security guards hired prior to September 2, 2019 must
successfully complete the required instruction (see below) no later than the
beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
school security guards hired prior to September 2, 2019 must successfully complete the specific
instruction required by Act 67 no later than February 28, 2020, unless the
school entity or nonpublic school approves an extension of time due to
“hardship”. If an extension of time is approved, the extension may not exceed
the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and must be approved through the
process outlined below.
security personnel hired on or after September 2, 2019 must successfully
complete the required instruction prior to starting their duties.