Washington County sheriff named to Governor's School Safety Commission

Hutchinson selected Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder to serve on the 11-member commission.

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday (March 1) announced the creation of the Arkansas School Safety Commission, appointing a local sheriff and school superintendent to help assess school security statewide and recommend any additional safeguards by July.

“The physical safety of our students is a non-negotiable responsibility and demands the immediate attention of professionals in education, law enforcement, security, and mental health,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson selected Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder and Clarksville School District Superintendent David Hopkins to serve on the 11-member commission, which will evaluate school designs, safety and security policies, emergency plans and policies, school counseling, and mental health issues.

Commissioners will also review school-security data, including issues like single-point entry, electronic access badges, and school resource officers. Read more.

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