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Policing Reforms

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


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Policing Reforms

Sample Policies

Removing Police from Schools

  • Some school districts have decided to end school policing arrangements by a school board voting to close school district police departments (e.g. Oakland, CA) or to terminate School Resource Officer (SRO) program contracts with local police departments (e.g. Minneapolis, MN). In some cities, school policing programs were ended by the city council removing SROs from school budgets (e.g. Rochester, NY, article and budget). Oakland's Black Organizing Project has developed the People's Plan for Police-Free Schools (implementation proposals).


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