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POLC-represented officers among 30 TEAM School Liaison Program graduates

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 11, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan students will soon benefit from the addition of 30 police officers recently trained in the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (TEAM) School Liaison Program, including officers from several POLC-represented departments.

“Today’s officer graduates from the TEAM School Liaison Program have received high-quality training from the MSP to protect and serve young Michiganders on and off campus,” Whitmer said. “In the recent, record bipartisan budget I signed, we worked across the aisle to deliver dedicated, per-student school safety dollars to every school, and I am grateful to the MSP for facilitating the TEAM program and continuing to take action to keep kids safe by running initiatives like the OK2SAY program. Let’s keep working together to help kids be kids.”

TEAM is a school-based, law-related curriculum that is taught to grades K-12 by TEAM-trained police officers with the goal of better equipping children to protect themselves from crime. In addition to traditional topics like personal safety, how to dial 911, the law and you, and dating violence, the TEAM curriculum has been updated to address school safety and security including facility assessments, bullying and harassment, cyber-crime, social media use, illicit drugs, and vaping. The Michigan State Police (MSP) hosted the four-day training, which concluded Oct. 6, 2022.

This class included two officers from MSP, 14 from sheriff’s offices, and 10 from township and city police departments, including officers from the follow POLC-represented units:

  • Berrien County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Livingston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mackinac Island Police Department
  • Manistee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Owosso Department of Public Safety
  • Richfield Township Police Department
  • Zeeland Police Department

TEAM officers teach at all three levels of education – public or private elementary, middle or high school – aligning with the Michigan Model for Health. The curriculum has been implemented in over 250 Michigan school districts.

For more information, click on the link below.

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