Street Law for Police & Teens strives to build positive relationships between police and young people, while empowering youths with legal knowledge and civic skills.
Street Law has authored a four-unit, 20-lesson curriculum full of group discussions and hands-on activities that help participants explore the roles and responsibilities of both police officers and members of the community. The result is an open, two-way dialogue that builds the following:
- Understanding of the officers' role in the community;
- Ability of students and/or community members to voice their concerns;
- Empathy for the role of the police officers;
- Awareness of the needs of young people in the community; and
- Mutual trust between police and students and/or community members.
Street Law also offers access to an online library of presentation slide decks to accompany each lesson, helpful lesson supplements, step-by-step teaching strategy instructions, and tips and best practices for effective instruction.
The lesson plans are designed to be co-taught by a classroom teacher (or community educator) and a law enforcement officer.
Whenever possible, Street Law will provide on-site training and technical support to all stakeholders involved in delivering the lessons, to prepare educators and law enforcement to teach the lessons effectively, share best practices, and ensure a sustainable program.
To learn more about this program, please contact Street Law Program Director Yolanda Johnson.
“I have served as a school resource officer (SRO) since the inception of the SRO Program in the Baltimore County Public Schools in 1998. Baltimore County has one of the largest SRO programs in the country. Since 1998, SROs in our district have used the Street Law curriculum to teach thousands of students. Its user-friendly approach to law-related education allows SROs the ability to teach students the law, and the importance of obeying the law, while building positive relationships with students and community members.” - Officer Don Bridges, Baltimore County Police Department & NASRO President