Safety Law News for February 2, 2016

  • In New Jersey, legislation has been introduced that creates “Class Three” special police officers designated to provide security at both public and private schools and community colleges. The position would be open to police officers under the age of 65 who have retired in good standing from local or county departments or the State Police. [S86]
  • In California, The Berkeley School Board rejected a grant for $125,000 to add a second police officer to its campus roster during a discussion earlier this month about ways to address safety and racial tension on campus.

Safety Law News for January 26, 2016

  • In Utah, officials launched the SafeUT Crisis and Safety Tipline for students. The SafeUT Mobile App provides students confidential and anonymous two-way communication with SafeUT crisis counselors or school staff.
  • In Minnesota, nearly 50 administrators in the St. Paul schools are being reassigned to 11 troubled schools in the district that are plagued by student behavioral problems.   The short-term deployment of administrators — as well as teachers on special assignment — is one of several strategies being employed to quell unruly behavior. Fight-related and other suspensions have spiked this school year, and the teachers union has threatened to strike if they don’t get their way on how to turn things around.
  • In Michigan, school officials in Berrien County are using the cloud-based NaviGate Prepared school safety system to improve school safety. It effectively organizes safety information for administrators while giving first responders ‘eyes on’ access to everything they need in an emergency — from floor plans to 360-degree images and more.

Safety Law News for January 22, 2016

  • In New Jersey, educators and law enforcement officials are telling parents to resist the urge to help during a campus crisis. Research suggests that self-deploying to the school is not a helpful thing for a parent can do.
  • In Colorado, an investigative report on the fatal shooting of Claire Davis at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013, concludes that failures to collaborate and share information contributed to the missed opportunities that might have prevented the incident.

Safety Law News for January 19, 2016

  • In Nebraska, school resource officers are participating in Washington County’s juvenile diversion program. The program is designed to address recidivism and substance abuse among nonviolent juveniles. Once they complete the program, participants will have a felony conviction dismissed.
  • High School Students in Beloit, Wisconsin, say they are concerned about safety. In a new survey 36.3 percent agree that violence is a problem at their school, and 48.2 percent of students agree that harassment and bullying is a problem.

Safety Law News For January 12, 2016

  • In Florida, a lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require school-resource officers at every public-school campus. The legislation, SB 1368, would require that at least one officer be present at each public school from 30 minutes before classes start until 30 minutes after classes end.
  • In Massachusetts, the City of Fall River is giving its school resource officers certificate training as Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainers. The training teaches the SRO how to assess risk in juveniles experiencing mental health, addiction or other challenges.
  • In New York City, the initial implementation of its new disciplinary policy utilizes warning cards. A student caught on campus with seven baggies of marijuana was handed the student a warning card: “Please bring this card home to your parent(s)/guardian so that you can discuss the matter with them.” The pot was turned over to the NYPD, but the student’s name was listed as “John Doe.”