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Safety Law News for 7/18/14

July 18, 2014
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  •  In Kentucky, Jefferson County Public Schools assistant principals, principals and school resource officers are undergoing training to ensure that recent revisions to the student code of conduct are understood and that proper practices are applied appropriately to all disciplinary cases.

Safety Law News for 7/11/14

July 11, 2014
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  •  School resource officers in Wilmington, North Carolina, make up the 22nd class of law enforcement officers that have graduated from the 40-hour program on dealing with a person with mental illness in a crisis.  The crisis intervention training is taught by the Wilmington Chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
  •  A Hawkins County, Tennessee program aimed at fifth-graders seeks to deter children from drugs, as well as help them deal with a family member’s addiction.  School resource officers teach the class one day a week for 10 weeks to every fifth-grader in the county school system.

Safety Law News for 7/7/14

July 7, 2014
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  •  A U.S. District Court in Texas upholds a school policy on cyberbullying which prohibits students from, “Send[ing], post[ing] or possess[ing] electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation or illegal, including cyberbulling and ‘sexting’ either on or off school property, if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.”
  •  New data shows the Great Falls, Montana school resource officers program is having a positive effect in lowering the crime rate on campuses.  The 2013-2014 data shows the calls and complaints investigated decreased and the number of responses police made dropped dramatically.

Safety Law News for 7/2/14

July 2, 2014
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  • The San Mateo City Council approved an agreement between the city, the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District and the San Mateo Union High School District Monday night. Each entity will now share the cost to assign three police officers to cover the city’s three middle and high schools.

Safety Law News for 6/27/14

June 27, 2014
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  • In an opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices unanimously ruled that law enforcement officials cannot harvest the contents of a cell phone under the “search incident to arrest” exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment.
  • Statistics on the effectiveness of school resource officers in Charleston County, South Carolina schools elementary schools show a decline in incidents and a sharp decline in referrals to the juvenile justice system. Most students involved in incidents were neither arrested nor charged.
  • The Arlington, Texas school board unanimously voted to approve the Police Lunch Pilot Program.  Under the program, the school district will provide free lunch on all district campuses for uniformed police officers. The objective is to create engagement between students and officers and provide an extra level of security.

Safety Law News for 6/24/14

June 24, 2014
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  •  The Beaverton, Oregon School District Superintendent sent a note of reassurance to the local school community Tuesday afternoon in light of the campus shooting in nearby Troutdale, Oregon. The Beaverton Police Department has assigned six school resource officers at the high schools.

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