Carroll County Involves Officers in School Patrols…and in Classrooms

The deputy leads the jury back to their seats. The judge calls on the foreman to stand and read the verdict: Not guilty. The judge then asks the jury members to tell why they voted not guilty, and whether they thought the defendant was not guilty when they left to begin deliberations.

Say what? A judge questioning jurors about how they arrived at their verdict, asking them to tell what influenced them in an open courtroom?

No, not a courtroom. A classroom. A classroom at Winters Mill High School in Maryland’s Carroll County, where students just participated in a mock trial of a classmate charged with possession of marijuana. A mock trial orchestrated and led by two Carroll County sheriff’s master deputies, co-teaching this Health I class as part of the county’s new “Adopt a School Program.” read more…

Tip Line Offers Students a Way to Share Information

Should he tell someone what he’s seen?

Can he make himself tell what he’s seen?

Those thoughts chase themselves around in his head while he walks from class to class. Then he spots the gold and red and blue and black of a poster on the wall: Amherst Police Tip Line.

He can tell. Without getting up the nerve to speak to someone he knows. read more…

Course Teaches Officers How to Administer Aid, Improve Survival

Evaluation forms filled with column after column of circled “5s” for “Excellent.” Those are the marks being earned by the Law Enforcement and First Response (LEFR) Tactical Casualty Care course, a new training program that teaches law enforcement officers and other first responders about basic interventions that could help save someone’s life in the precious minutes before emergency medical services practitioners can safely enter a trauma scene. read more…

Real-Time Location System Provides Enhanced Security in Idaho School

The student races from the back patio of the school to the office, running through the door at top speed on a mission to have the school secretary call a lockdown. Time elapsed from the teacher’s sending him on his mission: 40 seconds, with the secretary still needing to call the lockdown on the PA system, make sure the school resource officer receives the alert and call 911. Actions that would have taken even more precious seconds had this not been a drill.

A teacher pulls down on the emergency tab on her alert tag, automatically putting the school on lockdown, bringing the SRO on the run and alerting 911 dispatch to send more officers to the SRO’s location. Time elapsed until the SRO arrives in her classroom: 3.9 seconds. read more…

Real-Time Communications Comes to Oregon School

The alert comes into the sheriff’s office command center: Someone pushed the alarm button in Classroom 10. All over the school, doors automatically close and the building goes into immediate lockdown. Live video feed comes into the command center, and an officer starts two-way communication with the teacher who hit the button. The teacher who heard gunshots echoing from down the hall. read more…

Providing a Direct Connection Between Schools and Law Enforcement

When the boy wouldn’t return to his seat, when he began walking toward the front of the classroom, aggression showing in every nuance of his body language, the teacher knew she needed help. She also knew that verbalizing that call for help might provoke the enraged teen even further, so, while still trying to talk to him in a calm voice, she casually walked behind her computer and past it again, reaching out to flick the mouse over an icon on the desktop. Seconds later, help was on the way. read more…

Finding Ways to Maximize Limited Resources

In a school safety training session in a metropolitan area, the police chief, the tactical team leader and the bomb squad commander all would likely participate in the class and learn valuable lessons about working together. In a rural area, those three jobs may very well belong to the same person. read more…

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