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Safety Law News for March 15, 2018

In Minnesota, a proposed Senate bill that would have eliminated state funding for police officers in school districts across the state has been reversed just two hours before the start of its first hearing in front of the Education Policy Committee. 

In New Jersey, the Long Branch Police Department is looking for candidates to fill the new position of Special Class III police officers, who would be assigned to guard schools in the Long Branch School District.  The school district currently does not have any officers assigned to schools. 

In Maryland, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland ruled that a student was not in custody when questioned about the ownership of a backpack containing a handgun, ammunition, and drugs.   The mere presence of the school resource officer did not convert the meeting in the principal's office into a custodial situation. 

In California, the Court of Appeal, Second District ruled that a school administrator’s search of a student was reasonable because it was based on an individualized suspicion of wrongdoing. The administrator discovered a knife after a teacher reported that the student might be under the influence of drugs in violation of school policy.  The teacher's report provided the reasonable suspicion necessary for a search. 

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