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Juvenile justice officials offer guidelines for when school officers should act

SALT LAKE CITY— Juvenile justice officials are working to clarify when and where school resource officers are supposed to step in and enforce law.

During a Tuesday meeting of the Legislature’s Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, members of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Division of Juvenile Justice Services described uncertainty among education officials on school resource officers’ roles.

Changes made this year preclude resource officers from being asked to deal with students accused of class C misdemeanor or other lesser infractions, effectively drawing a line at where resource officers could be asked to step in.

Read more in the Deseret News here.