The Utah Board of Juvenile Justice will host a series of School-Based Law Enforcement Trainings to increase student academic achievement, decrease the “school-to-prison pipeline” and improve law enforcement community relations. The statewide series will begin on Feb. 2 and 3 at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 91 East 2680 South, in St. George, Utah.
The effort focuses on keeping youth in school by defining the roles of school administrators and resource officers. The four-hour training is an opportunity to discuss and develop standard protocols to address student behavior problems. It will discuss real-life scenarios and solutions that provide a safe learning environment while addressing the needs of students. This includes distinguishing between disciplinary misconduct to be handled by school officials and delinquency offenses that need to be addressed by law enforcement.
SBLET topics include: roles of the school resource officers and school administrators, juvenile court process, adolescent development, mental health problems, conflict resolution and deescalation techniques, cultural competency and alternatives to the juvenile justice system.
The training is free to stakeholders and will be conducted at each judicial district throughout the state during 2016. UBJJ asks participating organizations to appoint at least one school administrator and one law enforcement to stay for a Training of the Trainer session. Training of the Trainers will receive a full curriculum, scenarios and technical support recommended to conduct a district-wide training. Trainers are teams of local school resources officers and school principals/assistant principals.
The School-Based Law Enforcement Training curriculum was created in collaborative partnership with school officials, law enforcement school resource officers, juvenile court probation officers and criminal/juvenile justice researchers. The curriculum development incorporates evidence-based practices and guiding principles from the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, which is a collaboration between the Department of Justice and the Department of Education to eliminate the “School to Prison Pipeline.”