Safety Law News for 9/3/14

  • A growing number of cities in Connecticut are choosing to eliminate the once popular Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, redirecting DARE funds into a full-time school resource officer.
  • A federal judge has ruled a jury must decide whether an Allentown, Pennsylvania police officer was properly trained to use a Taser and to be a school resource officer when he shot a 14-year-old girl in the groin with a stun gun.
  • South Bend, Indiana officials begin assessing and correcting problems with the practice of school police issuing citations to students for fighting and other offenses.
  •  The Post Falls, Idaho school district and police department have been awarded a grant from the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission to launch a one-year pilot teen court program.  The court will feature teen peers that will serve on a six-member jury and hear cases involving minor in possession of tobacco or alcohol, curfew violations and runaways.