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Safety Law News for February 16, 2018

In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that school officials had reasonable suspicion to compel a urinalysis drug test and later to terminate a teacher, who tested positive for cocaine metabolites.

In Wisconsin, the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary held a public hearing for Assembly Bill 693 (AB 693), also known as the Teacher Protection Act. The legislation proposes to require schools to notify police about any assault; require police to notify a school when a student has been taken into custody; give teachers the right to remove students from classrooms; and allow teachers to use reasonable and necessary force with civil immunity.

In South Carolina, after new officers from the Conway Police Department graduate from the police academy, they are required to spend the last two weeks of field training in local middle and high schools, shadowing school resource officers. The new policy is designed to improve relationships with students and help prevent crime in and outside the classroom.

In California, the role of school-based law enforcement in San Jose is changing under a new agreement between school districts and the police department. Effective immediately, the resource officers are to focus on safety and security of students and staff and not routine student misbehavior.

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