New Brief: “Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers”

As part of National Community Policing Week, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, is proud to release the 3rd brief in a series of youth–focused policy briefs, “Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers.”

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School-based police officers often serve as educators and mentors, community liaisons and problem solvers, and ensurers of campus safety and security. Many officers develop positive relationships with students and their families and help guide them through the personal, educational, and social pressures that are part of being an adolescent. This brief aims to advance discussions about the roles for school-based officers and how a balanced approach regarding selection of officers, training, and collaboration can strengthen campus safety, respectful relationships, and student success.

This is the third brief in a four part series of youth-focused policy briefs produced to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to improve outcomes for youth interactions with law enforcement. California law enforcement executives, and those nationwide, can use this tool as they examine their policies and processes for ways to improve approaches to youth. The first in this series ‘Issue Brief 1: Introduction’ and ‘Issue Brief 2: Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth’ were released earlier this year.  The series will conclude in the coming months with:

  • The Career Pipeline Concept

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page.

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