In 2016, Street Law revised and updated its curriculum for school resource officers and expanded it for use in community settings.
The four-unit, 20-lesson plan curriculum is easy to follow and full of interactive strategies that promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Group discussions and hands-on activities 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 the public; and
- Mutual trust between police and students and/or community members.
Unit One: Community Policing—Working Together for Safer Communities & Schools
- Making Our Communities Safer Together
- Cops on Call & on the Beat
- Introduction to the Rule of Law
- Community Policing & the Rule of Law
- Crime Scene: Are You a Good Witness?
Unit Two: Police Procedures/Your Rights & Responsibilities
- Traffic Stops: Your Rights & Responsibilities
- Police Searches: Lawful Procedures & Fourth Amendment Protections
- Police Searches in Schools
- Rights & Responsibilities During an Arrest
- Use of Force or Deadly Force
Unit Three: Crimes, Law, & Policy
- Introduction to Criminal Law: Should It Be a Crime?
- Writing, Interpreting, & Enforcing Laws
- Restorative Justice & Supporting Victims of Crime
- Racial Profiling
- Evaluating Solutions to End Racial Profiling
Unit Four: Personal Safety and Health
- Bullying & Intimidation
- Alcohol, Risk, & Liability
- Dating & Sexual Assault
- Child Abuse & Neglect: Reducing Risk. Building Resilience.
Police & Teens sample lesson: Making Our Communities Safer Together
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