Our Policing Philosophy
We seek to partner with administrators to create a safe and secure learning environment by developing strong partnerships. We also strive to implement strategies to address student conduct by involving school personnel, families, and community in problem-solving, before it becomes violent criminal behavior and we encourage youth participation to achieve the desired outcomes.
The role of police officers in schools is a nationally recognized proven resource of any modern school-safety plan that reduces violent behavior. Police in schools keep students safe and support the mission as informal mentors, counselors, and educators on matters of law enforcement. A recurring theme central to the school-based police officer’s duties and responsibilities is to mentor students, build relationships, assist to develop personal soft skills, and enhance coping skills through de-escalation techniques and character building. Our officers also serve as a resource for students, teachers, and parents on matters pertaining to law enforcement, crime prevention, and awareness.
Clear evidence indicates that healthy relational bonds of trust are often developed between students and the school police officer. Additionally, officers train in areas involving crisis intervention and criminal procedures and are required by state law to continuously train in order to maintain their state certification. School-based police are not school disciplinarians. Student discipline is the responsibility of school administrators. However, school police will respond in their capacity as law enforcement officers to incidents involving violations of criminal law and breaches of the peace that might place an individual or others in threat of physical harm.
We encourage parents and guardians to maintain an ongoing dialogue with their student about the consequences associated with code of conduct violations that may also have consecutive criminal penalties. Most code of conduct violations involving certain violent criminal offenses including those involving firearms may also have long-lasting criminal penalties. The school-based policing is deliberately focused toward developing resiliency, self-confidence, and self-awareness among youths to avoid gang membership and develop positive relationships that will serve our students well beyond the boundaries or our schools and throughout their adult lives.
Consistent with the District’s Charter School concept, our policing philosophy aligns with the Superintendent's vision to increase both the social and emotional development of our students. We will accomplish this as we work with students, staff, and families in a cohesive community-based educational design. We believe that schools are at the very core of any vibrant community, and effective community-oriented policing philosophies are inclusive with developing strong community-based relationships among all stakeholders. Strong relationships must exist between police, community, and schools in order for all to thrive.