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NOTEBOOK: Assemblyman Stec hears from area BOCES students

The second part of this article, the author discusses SRO oversight and a new report from Strategies for Youth has found less than half of states have legislation requiring SRO training with even fewer requiring de-escalation training or adolescent development training.

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School Resource Officers Lack Training, Effectiveness Questioned: Study

While the federal government has spent close to $1 billion to deploy police in our nation’s public schools, it remains “unclear how effective” the School Resource Officers (SROs) are in preventing the school tragedies that have rocked the nation for 20 years–tragedies that are used as a justification for their deployment, according to a new study from the nonprofit group Strategies for Youth (SFY).

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Policing the Teen Brain

More than a few years ago, I was dispatched to a street robbery that had just occurred. I arrived at the apartment complex and found the victim, who waved me down. He advised that three guys had just robbed him. One held a knife while the other two pulled his wallet and keys from his pockets. They fled on foot. We got a good description of the suspects: All three appeared to be Hispanic males, late teens to early twenties. One of the suspects was described as much taller than the other two.

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LPD officers, staff train on how to work with teens

Police officers encounter a variety of situations throughout the day and training for the wide range of circumstances is a never-ending job. Recently, statistics have shown that there may be specific reasons teens are a portion of the population that can begin with a calm situation that escalates quickly.

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