RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT & U.S. DEPARTMENT of
RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT & U.S. DEPARTMENT of JUSTICE Voluntary Resolution Agreement RCSD Key Contributors Command Staff School Resource Officer Program D.O.J. Key Contributors Office for Civil Rights
(OCR) RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT It is our mission as trusted public servants, to prevent crime and the fear of crime by providing excellence in law enforcement services, accountability and connections with our communities . Core Values A Passion for Service, Integrity, Accountability, and Professionalism The First Step Toward Change is Awareness Nathaniel Branden
PHASE ONE TRAINING OBJECTIVES Brief History of Compliance Review Introduction of Voluntary Resolution Agreement Highlight the Role of the OJP Diagnostic Center
Discuss Expected Outcomes via the PHASE TWO TRAINING OBJECTIVES Highlight SRO Role According to Federal Guidelines Collaboration with School Districts The Old Approach vs. The New Approach
Mandatory Professional Development Brief Discussion/Questions PHASE THREE TRAINING OBJECTIVES Mandatory Data Collection for All RCSD Youth Driven Programs Mandatory Data Collection for the SRO Program
Mandatory Establishment of Community Based Work Group Discussion/Questions Compliance Review History Compliance Review History RCSD is a Recipient of Funding that is Provided by the United States Department of Justice A Compliance Review was Initiated on May 22nd 2015 by the OCR of the Dept. of Justice Under the
Authority to Ensure that Recipients of DOJ Funding Operate within the Guidelines of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Compliance Review History (Continued) The OCR reviewed RCSD Policies, SRO Training Materials, Arrest Records and Conducted Site Visits to the RCSD and Schools Served by the RCSD. The OCR Conducted a Series of Interviews w/ RCSD Command Staff, RCSD SRO(s), School Administrators, Community Members and Local Stakeholders In the Interest of Resolving the Compliance Review
VOLUNTARY RESOLUTION AGREEMENT Voluntary Resolution Agreement The Voluntary Resolution Agreement is a Joint Effort It is a Product of the Voluntary Compliance Negotiations Between the DOJ and RCSD RCSD SRO will Continue to Serve Under the Direction of the Triad Concept (Law Related Educator, Law Enforcement Presence and Law Related Counselor/Mentor) Voluntary Resolution
Agreement (Continued) As of August 12th, 2016 the OCR will Monitor the RCSD Compliance with the Terms of this Agreement by Reviewing the Data and Reports Submitted by the RCSD from the 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and Subsequent 2016-2017 School Year (Further explained in Phase III of Training) As of August 12th, 2016 the OCR will Review and Approve All Policies, Procedures and Training Developed or Planned By or For the SRO Division Pursuant to this Agreement PHASE ONE TRAINING OBJECTIVES Brief History of Compliance Review
Introduction of Voluntary Resolution Agreement Highlight the Role of the OJP Diagnostic Center Discuss Expected Outcomes via the OJP DIAGNOSTIC CENTER Serves as an Internal Consultant Service for the Office of
Justice Programs Will Assist the RCSD in Implementing the Terms of this Agreement Will Assist with Data Collection and Quantitative/Qualitative Data Analysis Serve as a Guide in Developing Policies and Procedures that will Reduce School Based Arrest, Seizures, Use of Force , SRO Involvement in Administrative Discipline and Classroom Management EXPECTED OUTCOMES Trailblazing Opportunity in Becoming the First SRO Program in the Nation to Voluntarily Enter an Agreement that Ensures OCR Review Compliance of Title VI Enhance the Professionalism of Our SROs by Providing Advanced Training and Improve the
Relationship between Law Enforcement, School Faculty, Community Stakeholders and the Youth within our Community EXPECTED OUTCOMES Will Decrease the Number of School Based Arrests and Increase Participation for the RCSD Diversionary Programs Will Assist in Creating Evidence Based Data for All of Our Diversionary Programs thus Increasing the Opportunity to Apply for Additional Outside Funding Solidify the Sustainability of the RCSD Mentoring PHASE ONE TRAINING OBJECTIVES
Brief History of Compliance Review Introduction of Voluntary Resolution Agreement Highlight the Role of the OJP Diagnostic Center Discuss Expected Outcomes via the PHASE ONE
DISCUSSION/QUESTI ONS The First Step Toward Change is Awareness The Second Step is Acceptance Nathaniel Branden PHASE TWO TRAINING OBJECTIVES Highlight SROs Role According to Federal Guidelines
Collaboration with School Districts The Old Approach vs. The New Approach Mandatory Professional Development Brief Discussion/Questions SROs ROLE ACCORDING TO FEDERAL GUIDELINES
Obligation to Secure an Interpreter When Dealing w/ a Child with a Hearing Impairment Understanding a SROs Responsibility to Reasonably Modify Practices When Responding to or Arresting a Child with a Disability Title VI Expectation that Defines the Officers Role in Reducing Disparities The SROs Responsibility to Avoid Implicit Biases SRO & SCHOOL COLLABORATION SRO Provided Training for School Faculty on the Difference Between Serious and Immediate Threats to Public Safety and Incidents Involving
Public Order Offenses (Further Discussed in Phase III Training) Develop Information Strategies that will Ensure that the SRO(s) Receive All Relevant Disability Information to Include When a Student Experiences a Traumatic Event Review the Terms of this Agreement and Discuss PHASE TWO TRAINING OBJECTIVES Highlight SRO Role According to Federal Guidelines
Collaboration with School Districts The Old Approach vs. The New Approach Mandatory Professional Development Brief Discussion/Questions UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE OLD APPROACH
USE OF DISTURBING SCHOOL NEW APPROACH NO USE OF DISTURBING SCHOOL CHARGE ARREST ONLY WHEN A FIGHT RESULT IN AN INJURY THAT IS MORE THAN DE MINIMIS (MINOR IN NATURE) OR WHEN THE VICTIMS RIGHTS ARE EXERCISED BY A CUSTODIAL PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN
HANDCUFF WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOLLOWED BY THE COMPLETION OF A SRO STATUTE AS A BLANKET CHARGE EVERY SCHOOL FIGHT WARRANTED AN ARREST USE OF HANDCUFFS IN ORDER TO DE-ESCALATE A SITUATION
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE (Continued) OLD APPROACH NEW APPROACH ARREST A STUDENT FOR A PUBLIC ORDER OFFENSE
Offenses OnlyThis Does Not Include Administrative School Violations i.e. Tardiness, No School ID, Refusal to Follow the Command of School Faculty) REMOVAL OF A STUDENT FROM THE CLASSROOM ABSENT THE PRESENCE OF A SERIOUS OR IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF THE SCHOOL THE SRO WILL ALLOW THE FACULTY TO EXERCISE THE DISCIPLINARY CODE
MUST DOCUMENT EACH CONTACT AND INCLUDE THE TYPE OF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL RESPOND TO FACULTY REQUEST TO COUNSEL/MENTOR A STUDENT WHEN ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING CHARGES; VANDALISM , LOITERING, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND SIMPLE ASSAULT AN ARREST WILL BE MADE ON THE 3RD DOCUMENTED OFFENSE (Criminal UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE
(Continued) OLD APPROACH NEW APPROACH SRO INITIATED CONTACT IN ORDER TO COUNSEL/MENTOR A STUDENT MUST DOCUMENT EACH CONTACT AND INCLUDE THE DISPOSITION ON THE NEWLY DEVELOPED SRO DATA COLLECTION FORM. FORMS MUST BE EMAILED NO LATER THAN 24 HRS AFTER THE
INCIDENT(THE NEW DATA COLLECTION FORM WILL BE DEVELOPED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DOJ DIAGNOSTIC CENTER, SO IT MAY CHANGE) SRO(s) WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A SRO DATA COLLECTION FORM FOR EVERY ARREST AND EMAIL IT TO SGT. MCDANIELS ON THE DAY OF THE ARREST TO INCLUDE THE INCIDENT
SRO COMMAND STAFF WILL ON THE DAY OF ARREST ONLY COMPLETE AN INCIDENT REPORT FOR SUPERVISOR APPROVAL SUPERVISOR EVALUATIONS PHASE TWO TRAINING OBJECTIVES Highlight SRO Role According to Federal Guidelines
Collaboration with School Districts The Old Approach vs. The New Approach Mandatory Professional Development Brief Discussion/Questions MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT DURING THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR THE BELOW DEPICTED TRAINING WILL BE PROVIDED FOR EACH SRO ; RCSD PROCEDURE No. 908-A NEWLY DEVELOPED DISABILITY POLICY CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE STRATEGY CLEAR CRITERIA FOR SRO INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOL-BASED, NON-EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATED SRO TRAINING MANUAL BIAS-FREE POLICING, IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE COLLABORATIVE TRAINING THAT WILL INCLUDE LAW ENFORCEMENT,SCHOOL FACULTY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY PHASE TWO TRAINING OBJECTIVES Highlight SRO Role According to Federal Guidelines Collaboration with School Districts The Old Approach vs. The New Approach
Mandatory Professional Development Brief Discussion/Questions PHASE TWO DISCUSSION/QUESTI ONS IT IS NOT THE STRONGEST OR THE MOST INTELLIGENT WHO WILL SURVIVE BUT THOSE WHO CAN BEST MANAGE CHANGE
Charles Darwin PHASE THREE TRAINING OBJECTIVES Mandatory Data Collection for All RCSD Youth Driven Programs Mandatory Data Collection for the SRO Division Mandatory Establishment of Community Based Work Group
Discussion/Questions RCSD DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS (Data Collection & Analysis) Each RCSD Diversionary Program will be Evaluated In Order to Establish the Presence of Evidence Based Results The DOJ Diagnostic Center will Assist with Conducting a Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis for Each RCSD Diversionary Program Anonymous Pre & Post Surveys will be Created and Administered to all Juvenile Participants In Order to Scientifically Determine the Programs SRO PROGRAM (Data Collection Form)
SRO Data Collection Forms Will Be Used As Supporting Evidence that the RCSD SRO Program is in Compliance with the Before Mentioned U.S. Department of Justice Voluntary Resolution Agreement. A SRO Data Collection Form Will Be Used in Order to Properly Record Each Arrest, Non-Arrest and Safety Restraint Interaction. All SRO Data Collection Forms will be Submitted on a Daily Basis via Email No Later Than 24 hrs After the Incident. Failure to Do So Will Result in Disciplinary Action (To Include Any Contact Made Over the Weekend During a School Related Event. Submission Must Be Made By the Following Monday Morning) Richland County Sheriffs Department S.R.O. Data Collection Form Safety Restraint Interaction
Arrest This form is to be completed immediately after an interaction, arrest or a situation where safety restraints are used. Additional forms are to be utilized if more than one student is involved. This form must be turned in to the Data Collection Officer no later than 24 hours after the incident. Name of school: Case Number: Incident location: Date: Was an incident report completed? YES
Was this incident during school hours? Time: NO YES NO If after school hours, was this at a related event? If yes, what type of event? YES NO If no, what type of event and when did the event occur?
Name of student: Race: Limited English proficient? Was an interpreter provided? Sex: YES YES Age: Grade level: NO NO What is primary language? Does the student have any known disabilities?
Yes No Unknown Is the student on any prescribed/over the counter medication(s), if so list them. Is the student under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, if so, list them. Were any charges filed against the student? Yes Was a search conducted by the school official/representative?
SRO or No Charges: None If searched by school official/representative, name and title of school employee conducting search: Exactly what was searched? (i.e. book bag, locker, clothes, area near the incident, etc) What was discovered during the search and where was it found? Reason for SRO contact / disposition of SRO contact / brief synopsis (please include name, race, sex, age and grade level of any victim(s): Disposition of incident by school:
Number of previous incidents involving the student and date(s): Number of past diversionary referrals: Type of diversionary program(s): Did the student require medical attention? Yes No If yes, please explain the injuries the student received. Who treated the student for the injuries? Was student transported to the hospital and if so, where and by whom? Who inflicted the injury on the student? Was the injury a result of mutual combat? Was anyone else injured as a result of student actions?
Yes Yes If yes, explain: Was this incident a self initiated case or was it a If referred, by whom (Name and title)? referral? Name of witness(es): Name of rank of each SRO / supervisor involved: Name of supervisor who reviewed / approved report: Officer
S# No No Yes No PHASE THREE TRAINING OBJECTIVES Mandatory Data Collection for All RCSD Youth Driven Programs Mandatory
Data Collection for the SRO Division Mandatory Establishment of Community Based Work Group Discussion/Questions Community Work Group Within 120 Days of the Signed Voluntary Compliance Agreement the RCSD Shall Facilitate the Establishment of a Newly Developed Community Work Group Will Be Charged w/ Providing Input on the RCSD MOU(s) and How the RCSD Can Appropriately Meet the Needs of the Students w/ Disabilities and their Role as a Law Enforcement Official to Reduce Disparities that Implicate Race, Color, National Origin and
Disability in SRO Referral, Seizure, and Arrest Rates Work Group Will Consist of RCSD/School Administrators, SRO(s), Section 504/ADA Coordinators, Teachers, Parents, Students, Juvenile Court Judge, Juvenile Deputy Solicitors, Juvenile Public Defenders, Juvenile Advocates, Advocates for Individuals with PHASE THREE TRAINING OBJECTIVES Mandatory Data Collection for All RCSD Youth Driven Programs Mandatory Data Collection for the SRO Division Mandatory
Establishment of Community Based Work Group Discussion/Questions PHASE THREE DISCUSSION/QUESTI ONS ALL GREAT CHANGES ARE PRECEDED BY CHAOS Deepak Chopra
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