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805.1. RELATIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENGIES

1.   Purpose

The Board recognizes that cooperation with law enforcement agencies is considered essential for protecting students and staff, maintaining a safe environment in schools, and safeguarding district property.

2.  Authority

      SC 1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.1

It shall be the policy of the Board to establish and maintain a cooperative relationship between the school district and local police departments in the reporting and resolution of incidents that occur on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, or on any conveyance providing transportation to or from a school or school-sponsored activity.

      SC 1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.11

The Board directs the Superintendent to execute and update, on a biennial basis, a memorandum of understanding with each local police department that has jurisdiction over school property in accordance with state law and regulations.

3.   Definition

      SC 1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.2

      35 P.S.

      Sec. 780-102

Incident – an instance involving an act of violence; the possession of a weapon by any person; the possession, use, or sale of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia as defined in the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; the possession, use, or sale of alcohol or tobacco by any person on school property; or conduct that constitutes an offense listed under the Safe Schools Act.

4.   Guidelines

Memorandum Of Understanding

      SC 1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.11

In accordance with state law and regulations, the Superintendent shall execute and update, every two (2) years, a memorandum of understanding with each local police department that has jurisdiction over school property.  The memorandum of understanding shall be signed by the Superintendent, police chief and each building principal, and be filed with the Office for Safe Schools.

      SC 1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.11

In developing and updating the memorandum of understanding, the district shall consult and consider the State Board of Education model memorandum of understanding.  If the district’s memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement contains substantive differences from the State Board of Education model memorandum of understanding, the Superintendent shall provide a written statement which identifies the differences and the reasons for the differences as part of the biennial filing with the Office for Safe Schools.

      Pol. 218, 218.1,

             218.2, 222,

             227

The memorandum of understanding shall comply with state law and regulations and set forth procedures to be followed regarding incidents that include, but are not limited to, acts of violence, weapons, terroristic threats, controlled substances, alcohol and tobacco.

      SC 1303-A

The memorandum of understanding may specify other matters related to crime prevention mutually agreed upon by the Superintendent and the local police department that has jurisdiction over school property.

Referral To Law Enforcement

      SC 1302.1-A,

            1303-A

      Title 22

      Sec. 10.2, 10.21,

             10.22

      Pol. 103.1, 113.1,

             113.2, 218,

             218.1, 218.2,

             222, 227,

             323, 351,

             904

The Superintendent or designee shall immediately report required incidents and may report discretionary incidents committed on school property, at any school-sponsored activity or on a conveyance providing transportation to or from a school or school-sponsored activity, to the local police department that has jurisdiction over the school’s property, in accordance with state law and regulations, the procedures set forth in the memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement and Board policies.

Safe Schools Report

      SC 1303-A

Annually, by July 31, the Superintendent shall report on the designated form, to the Office for Safe Schools, all new incidents as required by state law.

Prior to submitting the Safe Schools report, the Superintendent and each police department having jurisdiction over school property shall do all of the following:

  1. The Superintendent shall submit the report to the police department that has

   jurisdiction over the relevant school property.  The police department shall

   review the report and compare the data regarding criminal offenses and

   notification of law enforcement to determine whether the report accurately

   reflects police incident data.

  1. Where the police department determines that the report accurately reflects

   police incident data, the chief of police shall sign the report.  Where the

   police department determines that the report does not accurately reflect

   police incident data, the police department shall indicate any discrepancies

   between the report and police incident data.

  1. Where a police department fails to take action as required above, the

   Superintendent shall submit the report to the Office for Safe Schools and

   indicate that the police department failed to take the required action.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 1302.1-A, 1303-A

PA Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act – 35 P.S. Sec. 780-102

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 10.1, 10.2, 10.11, 10.21, 10.22, 10.23, 10.24, 14.104, 14.133

Board Policy – 103.1, 113, 113.1, 113.2, 218, 218.1, 218.2, 222, 227, 323, 351, 805, 904, 909

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