State Agencies Release Model MOU for Mass. School Resource Officers 09-05-18

A model memorandum of understanding (MOU) governing the role of school resource officers (SROs) in Massachusetts schools was released today by Attorney General Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In accordance with the sweeping criminal justice reform law enacted this April, MOUs made between school districts and police departments must provide new details about the roles and responsibilities of SROs in state schools. These MOUs must ensure that SROs do not take the place of appointed school disciplinarians, enforcers of school regulations, or school-based mental health providers. The new law ensures that SROs do not use police powers to address traditional school discipline issues, including non-violent disruptive behavior, and restricts law enforcement action in response to certain school-based offenses.

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