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School officer training highlighted after Dixon shooting

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The suspected Dixon school shooter, Matthew A. Milby, has been released from the hospital, and is being held in the Lee County Jail on a $2 million bond.

In light of the shooting, State Senator Dave Koehler touted a bill recently passed in the Senate that would require the Illinois State Law Enforcement Standards Board to construct a curriculum to train school resource officers.

"I think that's going to lead to a lot better outcomes," Koehler said over the phone. "We have to have trained personnel in our schools who know how to react to these situations."

Senate Bill 2925 would require school resource officers to undergo a minimum of 40 hours of training, including 8 hours of crisis intervention training - similar to the kind police officers go through.

Though the bill was first introduced in February, Koehler says there's new urgency now that a shooting has happened to close to home.

"Every time one of these tragedies happen you just scratch your head and you say, 'why?' But we do know this, we have to be more intentional about keeping our schools safe, and this is part of that process."

He explained that, though the bill does not mandate the officers be armed, that decision is instead left up to the individual school districts.

When asked about the possibility of arming officers in light of the recently-averted school shooting in Dixon, no local school districts returned our calls for comment.

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