2019 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 6 - Elementary and Secondary Education
Part 42 - School Security Act of 1981
§ 49-6-4206. Policy authorizing school security officer to patrol.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-6-4206 (2019)
    • (a) As used in this section, “school security officer” means an individual who is employed exclusively by the local school board or LEA for the purpose of:

      • (1) Maintaining order and discipline;

      • (2) Preventing crime;

      • (3) Investigating violations of school board policies;

      • (4) Returning students who may be in violation of the law, school board, or LEA policies to school property or to a school-sponsored event until the officer can place the student into the custody of the school administrator or the administrator's designee, the school resources officer, or the appropriate law enforcement officer; and

      • (5) Ensuring the safety, security, and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in an assigned school.

    • (b) Each LEA may develop and adopt, in consultation with the appropriate local law enforcement agency, a policy that authorizes a school security officer employed by the LEA to patrol within a one-mile radius of the security officer's assigned school, but not to exceed the boundaries of the assigned school's LEA.

    • (c) If an LEA adopts a policy pursuant to subsection (a) then the LEA shall file a copy of the policy with the appropriate local chief law enforcement officer.

    • (d) In patrolling the one-mile radius of the school, the school security officer shall:

      • (1) Only patrol for violations of the law that involve minors, including truancy; and

      • (2) Immediately notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency of any violation of the law if the school security officer reasonably believes the individual committing the act to be a minor.

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