New legislation (Act 551 and 622 of 2021) has established training requirements for Arkansas School Resource Officers (SROs) who are assigned to a public school/open enrollment charter school campus. These training requirements must be met within 18 months of being assigned or employed by the school district.

1.) SROs must complete a 40-hour basic school resource officer training program developed and provided, or approved, by the Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS).

2.) Within five years of completing the initial basic school resource officer training program, SROs must complete a 16-hour school resource officer refresher training developed and provided, or approved, by ACSS.

3.) SROs must Obtain certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). THE YMHFA certification needs to be renewed every four years if the school resource officer remains assigned to or employed by a public school district.

4.) Annually, SROs must complete 12 hours of public school-specific continuing education developed and provided, or approved, by ACSS.

ACSS trainings currently available can be found on our website: www.arsafeschools.com. There is no charge for ACSS trainings.

For training to count toward the required 12 hours of continuing education, it must be developed and provided, or approved by ACSS. If the training is received from an entity other than the ACSS, that training should be submitted to the ACSS for approval thirty (30) days prior to the course delivery date.

You may be asked to provide specific items related to the training such as a course objectives and description, course agenda and curriculum, and instructor bios. This information should be submitted to Michael Jenkins at [email protected].

If you have any questions about  training requirements for Arkansas SROs, please contact Vicki French at [email protected] or 501-570-8098.

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