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Safety Law News for June 7, 2018

In Texas, educators and law enforcement officials in Williamson County have co-signed a public letter calling for an in-house police department for the Round Rock ISD.  The current estimate for establishing the school district police department is $1.08 million for one police chief, four officers and a dispatcher for the 2018-19 school year.

In California, school-based law enforcement officers in San Francisco are taking part in a four-day program called Policing the Teen Brain.  The training is designed to help the officers improve relationships with children, de-escalate situations, and avoid the use of force.  The training includes a discussion with a psychologist who explains mental health issues prevalent among teens and how police interactions can be traumatizing.

In Iowa, the Dubuque Police Department is now requiring its school-based law enforcement officers to take emotional intelligence training.  The three day training is taught by the University of Dubuque Personal Empowerment staff.  The training focuses on empathy, communicating with others, relationship management, and coping with anger. 

In Kentucky, the school district safety committee in Marshall County has approved new security policies. The measures include walk-through metal detectors at all entrances of the high school and both middle schools, increasing the number of school resource officers from one to five, and prohibiting backpacks at middle and high schools.

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