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Safety Reforms

Resources about the efforts to reform school policing policies and practices, including sample policies

 

Policing Reforms

Sample Policies

Limiting the Use of Force School Officers Can Use with Students

  • Spokane Public Schools- Any officer stationed in a school shall not use force [bodily force or physical restriction that substantially immobilizes or reduces free movement] with students as a form of discipline or punishment or "in response to destruction of property, school disruption, refusal to comply with school rules, or a verbal threat that does not constitute a threat of imminent bodily injury."  

Model Board Policy Regarding School District Police Departments

Limiting Police Involvement in Low-Level Violations of the Code of Conduct

Prohibiting School Resource Officers from Questioning Students about Their Immigration Status

  • Tuscon (Arizona) Unified School District immigration anti-discrimination policy prohibits all employees, vendors, School Resource Officers acting under a contract with the district, volunteers, and visitors at schools or school-sponsored activities from investigating and enforcing actions relating to immigration status.  See policy (amended 4/9/2019) and ACLU of Arizona  presentation (Handcuffs on Success)

Alternatives to Arrest - Diversion

Arrest Protocols that Respect Students’ Rights and Dignity

  • San Francisco, California – Student arrests for non-school matters should not normally be made on campus. On-campus arrests should be done in a way that does not violate the student’s privacy.

Formal Complaint Process

Eliminating the Discriminatory Police Ticketing of Youth

Reforming Student Arrest Protocols

Model Memorandum of Understanding between School District and Police Department

 

P.O. Box 60173

Philadelphia, PA 19102

877-PHL-ACLU (745-2258)

Last updated March 30, 2020

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