Safety Law News for November 13, 2017

  • In Florida, Miami-Dade schools are implementing a new campus safety program. “Enhancing School Safety Officer Effectiveness through Online Professional and Job Embedded Coaching,” is an anti-violence program, funded by a $1 million federal grant from the National Institute of Justice.  School resource officers will be trained on social-emotional learning, trauma-informed care, cultural competence and restorative problem solving.
  • In California, the West Contra Costa Unified School District is planning to modify its school safety program.  Officials will eliminate suspensions or expulsions solely on the basis of “disruption/willful defiance,” train educators in de-escalating conflict, reduce the number of school resource officers in schools, and revise the role of the remaining officers so that student discipline will be handled solely by school personnel, not law enforcement.

Safety Law News for November 10, 2017

  • In c school officials, the police, and the community in Louisville are debating the school resource officer program in the schools.  Kentucky Department of Education data shows that the number of weapons found in the schools has increased while the number of assaults and arrests have nearly doubled.  Some say the police are the problem.

Safety Law News for October 27, 2017

  • In Indiana, six officers from Clark County’s juvenile probation program will relocate their offices to the middle and high schools in Clarksville Community Schools, Greater Clark County Schools and West Clark Community Schools.  The policy is designed to provide students on probation or at risk with better resources to succeed.
  • In California, officials in Santa Clara County are implementing an anti-bullying program that includes having school resource officers make presentations in elementary schools to arm students with knowledge about how to handle it.
  • In Maine, officials in Bar Harbor are implementing a school resource officers program.  The memorandum of understanding with the Mount Desert Island Regional School System establishes guidelines on how the schools will interact with law enforcement.

Safety Law News for October 25, 2017

  • In New Mexico, the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that a school resource officer violated the rights of a student by arresting him under a state law that makes it illegal to “willfully interfere with the educational process” at a public school. [Scott v. City of Albuquerque].
  • In Maine, the Lewiston police chief credits youth outreach for lower crime rate.  It is the result of a cooperative effort from the Police Department, schools, social service providers, and the community.
  • In California, the U.S. District Court ruled that a social worker violated the Fourth Amendment when she arrived at the school to conduct an interview with a child to complete an abuse investigation about the parents.  Since the interview was not undertaken by school officials for the purposes of maintaining order in the school, the social worker needed a warrant, court order, parental consent, exigency, or at the very least, reasonable suspicion to seize and interview the child at school.  [Dees v. County of San Diego].

Safety Law News for October 20, 2017

  • In Connecticut, the Monroe Board of Education has modified the school resource officer job description to include officers wearing body cameras on school property.  The new language states, “The school resource officer shall use [the] body worn camera in accordance with the police department policy.”

Safety Law News for October 18, 2017

  • In Delaware, parents in the Caesar Rodney School District in Camden are seeking answers about the district’s approach to handling violent situations after a video of an assault of a special needs student was posted on social media.
  • In Colorado, officials in the Fountain 8 School District have added a canine to its school safety team.  The dog is a nationally certified narcotics detection dog and can identify marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms.