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.

Safety Law News for October 6, 2017

  • In North Carolina, Wake County school officials are changing the policy on intervention in school disruptions.  The proposed policy will encourage faculty and staff to use de-escalation techniques and other non-physical means to break up confrontations between students.
  • In Pennsylvania, the Gateway School Board has accepted a donation of 18 Tasers from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office to be used by its own school police force of 12 officers.

Safety Law News for October 4, 2017

  • In Florida, local educators and Apopka Police Department are presenting a new elementary school program to help students make positive decisions. It’s called MAGIC – an acronym for Mentoring, Advising, Guiding and Instructing Children.
  • In Washington State, school resource officers have asked Spokane Public Schools to train and arm them with guns.  The officers are school employees and are considered limited-commission officers who can arrest and investigate crimes both on and off school property.
  • In New Hampshire, officials in Manchester are battling the opioid crisis, and school resource officers are on the front lines, helping students deal with the challenges they face every day.

Safety Law News for September 30, 2017

  • In Tennessee, officials in Wilson County are experiencing an increase in teen drug use. While most are from repeat offenders, the trend is causing educators and school resource officers to be more attentive. In Dickson County, officials are looking to the D.A.R.E. program as a primary resource.
  • In New Jersey, the Board of Education in Berkeley Heights has approved an agreement with the Berkeley Heights Police Department that will place a Class III Special Law Enforcement Officer into the school district. Class III officers must be a retired police officer who has previously served in law enforcement.