District of Columbia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: School Resource Officer (SRO) or School Security Officer (SSO) Training or Certification

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District of Columbia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: School Resource Officer (SRO) or School Security Officer (SSO) Training or Certification

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Subcategory: School Resource Officer (SRO) or School Security Officer (SSO) Training or Certification
State: District of Columbia

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LAWS

§ 5-132.03. Training for school resource officers.

The School Safety Division shall develop a training curriculum for all school resource officers. The curriculum shall be focused on training supervisory and on-site personnel so that they will provide appropriate security procedures for the various socioeconomic conditions at each educational facility. The curriculum shall include training in the following areas:

(1) Child development;

(2) Effective communication skills;

(3) Behavior management;

(4) Conflict resolution;

(5) Substance abuse and its effect on youth;

(6) Availability of social services for youth;

(7) District of Columbia laws and regulations;

(8) Constitutional standards for searches and seizures conducted by school resource officers on school grounds; and

(9) Gang and crew violence prevention.

§ 5-132.03b. Training for school security personnel.

(a) For the school year beginning in 2020, DCPS may use the training curriculum adopted by MPD pursuant to § 5-132.03 to train its school security personnel.

(b) By the start of the school year beginning in 2021, DCPS shall adopt a school security personnel training curriculum based on the positive youth development philosophy. The curriculum shall focus on training supervisory and on-site personnel to provide security services responsive and appropriate to the student, staff, and family populations at each school building. At a minimum, the curriculum shall include training in the following areas, developed with advice from appropriate other District agencies:

(1) Child and adolescent development;

(2) Effective communication skills;

(3) Behavior management;

(4) Conflict resolution, including restorative justice practices;

(5) De-escalation techniques;

(6) Behavioral health issues for youth and families;

(7) Child sexual abuse and gender-based violence prevention, identification, and response;

(8) Availability of social services for youth;

(9) District of Columbia laws and regulations;

(10) Constitutional standards for searches and seizures conducted by school security personnel on school grounds; and

(11) Violence prevention, including gang and crew dynamics.

REGULATIONS

No relevant regulations found.

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