In Florida, the Florida District Court of Appeal applied the exigent circumstances exception to affirm the conviction of a shooter who seriously injured a student by firing several bullets towards a bus stop near an elementary school. Evidence used in the conviction was discovered through the warrantless search of the abandoned cell phone.
In Wisconsin, the Beloit Police Department are placing body cameras on police officers as part of a new policy of transparency and accountability. Cameras will be used by school resource officers across the School District of Beloit. The cameras would be activated when a school resource officer (SRO) gets called by a school official or security person to respond to a situation.
In Ohio, three Toledo Police Department officers, including a school resource officer, are using vlogs, or video blogs to improve relations with the community through social media use. Each vlog will focus on a particular unit or topic and can be viewed on YouTube or the department’s other social media accounts.
In Colorado, the new sexting law, HB 17-1302, took effect in January. Under prior law, every violation was a felony. The new law provides a menu of options. The Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) has been mandated to create a comprehensive education program to distribute to schools by June 2018. In the meantime, CSSRC has released a brief video to help the public understand the tiered system.