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Safety Law News for January 3, 2018

In Arizona, human trafficking of children is increasing rapidly. The Arizona Human Trafficking Council says that online devices, games, and applications are the gateway to human trafficking. The Council has instituted several programs to protect child victims from exploitation, including the training of Arizona school resource officers.

In Michigan, the Governor signed into law House Bill 5126 on the seclusion and restraint of students in schools. The law allows school resource officers to utilize their training to resolve incidents at school that may arise. The sponsor of the legislation said that, “clarity was needed to make certain our school resource officers were not limited in their response to incidents that occur within a school.”

In Indiana, The City of Elkhart and Elkhart Community Schools have agreed to implement a school resource officer program. The three officers will be at both high schools and one middle school, though the officer assigned to the middle school will float throughout the middle and elementary schools.

In Texas, a new threat assessment protocol is being implemented in the Keller Independent School District. The policy is called “Break the Silence,” which includes the motto, “If you see it, if you hear it, don’t spread it. Report it.” It is designed to stop campus violence before it starts and provide help to troubled students.

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