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

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

Category: Partnerships between Schools and Law Enforcement
Subcategory: School Resource Officer (SRO) or School Security Officer (SSO) Training or Certification
State: Utah

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§ 53-1-106. Department duties–Powers.

(1) In addition to the responsibilities contained in this title, the department shall:

(j) employ a law enforcement officer as a public safety liaison to be housed at the State Board of Education who shall work with the State Board of Education to:

(i) support training with relevant state agencies for school resource officers as described in Section 53G-8-702;

(ii) coordinate the creation of model policies and memorandums of understanding for a local education agency and a local law enforcement agency; and

(iii) ensure cooperation between relevant state agencies, a local education agency, and a local law enforcement agency to foster compliance with disciplinary related statutory provisions, including Sections 53E-3-516 and 53G-8-211.

§ 53G-8-702. School resource officer training–Curriculum.

(1) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the state board shall make rules that prepare and make available a training program for school principals, school personnel, and school resource officers to attend.

(2) To create the curriculum and materials for the training program described in Subsection (1), the state board shall:

(a) work in conjunction with the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice created in Section 63M-7-201;

(b) solicit input from local school boards, charter school governing boards, and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind;

(c) solicit input from local law enforcement and other interested community stakeholders; and

(d) consider the current United States Department of Education recommendations on school discipline and the role of a school resource officer.

(3) The training program described in Subsection (1) may include training on the following:

(a) childhood and adolescent development;

(b) responding age-appropriately to students;

(c) working with disabled students;

(d) techniques to de-escalate and resolve conflict;

(e) cultural awareness;

(f) restorative justice practices;

(g) identifying a student exposed to violence or trauma and referring the student to appropriate resources;

(h) student privacy rights;

(i) negative consequences associated with youth involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems;

(j) strategies to reduce juvenile justice involvement;

(k) roles of and distinctions between a school resource officer and other school staff who help keep a school secure;

(l) developing and supporting successful relationships with students; and

(m) legal parameters of searching and questioning students on school property.

(4) The state board shall work together with the Department of Public Safety, the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and state and local law enforcement to establish policies and procedures that govern school resource officers.

§ 53G-8-703. Contracts between an LEA and law enforcement for school resource officer services–Requirements.

(2) If an LEA contracts with a law enforcement agency or an individual to provide SRO services at the LEA, the LEA governing board shall require in the contract:

(g) that an SRO who is hired under the contract and the principal at the school where an SRO will be working, or the principal's designee, will jointly complete the SRO training described in Section 53G-8-702.


R277-609-4. LEA Responsibility to Develop Plans.

(4) A plan described in Subsection (1) may include:

(a) the provisions of Subsection 53E-3-509(2); and

(b) a plan for training administrators and school resource officers in accordance with Section 53G-8-702.

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