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Safety Law News for 4/21/14

April 21, 2014
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  •  In Oklahoma, the Stillwater Public Schools listened to the community, met with the city of Stillwater on Thursday and came to an agreement to reverse a prior decision to terminate the school resource officers program.

Safety Law News 4/11/14

April 11, 2014
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  •  Florida Senate Bill 968 has died in committee.   The legislation that would have allowed school superintendents or principals to appoint staff or volunteers to carry concealed weapons on campuses is dead.

Safety Law News for 4/7/14

April 7, 2014
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  • Colquitt County, Georgia educators and law enforcement conduct campus sweeps for drugs several times each school year, using dogs to check out lockers and cars at the schools.
  • Baltimore County, Maryland officials unveiled a $3.7 million in school security system, including a “OneView” camera system that will make security footage available in real time to county police as well as to the county schools’ Department of School Safety and Security.
  • School resource officers in Fairfax County, Virginia are now receiving suicide awareness and intervention training.  The goal is to improve inter-agency collaboration with school officials, social workers, and counselors as they identify kids in crisis and provide them with meaningful intervention.
  • A federal court panel rules that a school resource officer who used chemical spray on a high school student a second time, when she was allegedly incapacitated, non-resistant, and writhing in pain on the ground, was not entitled to qualified immunity against a claim of unreasonable force, even if the first use of chemical spray was reasonable due to the student’s resistance. [J.W. ex rel. Williams v. Roper].

Safety Law News for 3/31/14

March 31, 2014
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  • A school resource officer in Jonesboro, Georgia discovers a loaded handgun while assisting educators in enforcing the code of conduct.   The chief of police says simply, “Officer did what he was trained to do.”
  •  School and town leaders in Newtown, Connecticut have forged a partnership for a new school security model that will provide a combination of 18 armed and unarmed security guards for the seven district schools.  New SROs in Milford, Connecticut are being received positively by the community.
  •  The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a high school principal for failing to comply with state law that requires school officials to immediately report instances of suspected child abuse occurring within their institutions to the Department of Child Services or law enforcement.  The victimized student told the educator that she had been raped by a fellow student, and he did not notify the police or the Department of Child Services for four hours.

Safety Law News for 3/27/14

March 27, 2014
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  • Resource officers from several local law enforcement agencies in Ottawa County, Oklahoma are collaborating to address the issue of child abduction by holding educational assemblies for elementary and middle school students.
  •  Juvenile justice agencies in Richmond, California from the juvenile probation department, detectives from the juvenile division and school resource officers collaborate every month to make sure teens who have been in trouble with the law are staying out of trouble.

Safety Law News for 3/24/14

March 24, 2014
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  • An improved relationship between Oak Ridge, Tennessee police and school officials as well as the hiring of a veteran officer as the second SRO in the high school were credited with helping decrease incidents on campus.
  •  Skyview High School in Boise, Idaho is the first school in the country to implement a wireless, location-based alarm system.  The new campus safety system requires school staff to wear wireless security badges capable of communicating directly with law enforcement as incidents occur.

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