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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.

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 Florida, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office is implementing a child protection domestic violence intervention program that alerts school resource officers when parents of children in their schools have been arrested on a domestic violence charge.

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. 

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