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P 043 SCO - Police Involvement in Schools - 1 - P.043.SCO POLICY P.043.SCO TITLE: POLICE INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS Date Issued: August 1998 Last Revised: 27 May 2008 Authorization: Board: 26 June 1998 1.0 OBJECTIVES The objectives of this policy are to: a) encourage ongoing, adaptive, and responsive partnerships between police and the school community; b) assist in providing for the greater safety, and protection of, students, teachers, staff and volunteers in schools; c) facilitate sharing and disclosure of appropriate information; d) promote joint consultation and partnerships between the school board and police services on maintaining a safe school environment; e) ensure that the obligations and requirements of both the education and the law enforcement systems are met; f) ensure that the rights of students and staff are respected when police are involved in schools and at school-sponsored events; and g) ensure compliance with the Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol, the Regional Safe Schools Committee's Protocol to Accompany Safe Schools Policies in the City of Ottawa; the Youth Criminal Justice Act and, for students under the age of 12, the Child and Family Services Act. 2.0 POLICY 2.1 In order to support a safe learning and work environment, the Board shall establish and maintain strong partnerships with the Ottawa Police Service. 2.2 The Board shall: a) establish protocols with police services which enhance the school/police working relationship and facilitate police access to schools while respecting the individual - 2 - P.043.SCO rights of all persons in schools; b) support a range of police involvement, primarily through the School Resource Officer (SRO); and c) actively encourage the co-operative development of preventative strategies within the context of progressive discipline with students, staff, parents, school councils, and the police in order to reduce the level of violence and aggression in our community and in our schools. 3.0 SPECIFIC DIRECTIVES 3.1 The Director of Education shall, on behalf of the Board, participate with other Ottawa area school boards and the Ottawa Police Service, in the establishment and revision of a Protocol to Accompany Safe Schools Policies in the City of Ottawa, which is a protocol developed to provide school administrators, teachers and police officers with a procedure for police involvement in the schools that is consistent in all school boards in the City of Ottawa and is in accordance with the Provincial Model for a Local Policy/School Board Protocol. Nothing in this Protocol is to be applied so as to contravene the Criminal Code, the Ontario Education Act, or the Ontario Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 3.2 The Director of Education shall establish such procedures as may be necessary to implement this policy. 4.0 REFERENCE DOCUMENTS Education Act Ontario Regulations 298; 474/00, Access to School Premises Child and Family Services Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.11 Violence-Free Schools Policy - MOET 1994 Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Youth Criminal Justice Act Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol, MOET, 2000 Protocol to Accompany Safe Schools Policies in the City of Ottawa, 2016 Board Policy P.026.SCO: Student Suspension and Expulsion Board Policy P.032.SCO: Safe Schools Board Policy P.034.SCO: Substance Abuse Board Procedure PR.515.SCO: Student Suspension and Expulsion Board Procedure PR.521.SCO: Safe Schools Board Procedure PR.523.SCO: Substance Abuse Board Procedure PR.524.SCO: Access to School/Board Premises Board Procedure PR.525.SCO: Weapons Board Procedure PR.528.SCO: Critical Incident Review Process Board Procedure PR.534.SCO: Investigation, Search and/or Seizure (Students) Board Procedure PR.533.SCO: Police Involvement in Schools