Q Our city has several individuals that are certified ALERRT instructors. May the city qualify for MCOPS grant for ALERRT training provided locally by our instructors?

A No. Section 37-3-82(2)(g) specifically provides that in order to receive funding from the MCOPS program, such agencies are “required to send the School Resource Officer position(s) funded by this grant to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy where they shall be required to participate in training through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program at the academy.” (Attorney General’s Opinion to Murdock, February 1, 2019)