Maryland - Gang Prevention: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires the adoption of comprehensive gang prevention and intervention policies addressing multiple components.

2017 Maryland Code Education 7-424.2. Gangs and gang activity

(d)  Policy or regulations by local school system. --

  • (1) Each local school system shall establish a policy or regulations to address gangs, gang activity, and similar destructive or illegal group behavior in schools based on the model policy.
  • (2) The policy or regulations shall address the components of the model policy specified in subsection (c) of this section.
  • (3) Each local school system shall develop the policy or regulations in consultation with representatives of the following groups:
    • (i) Parents or guardians of students;
    • (ii) School employees and administrators;
    • (iii) School volunteers;
    • (iv) Students;
    • (v) Local law enforcement;
    • (vi) Gang prevention and intervention programs;
    • (vii) The Office of the Public Defender;
    • (viii) The Maryland State's Attorneys Association; and
    • (ix) Members of the community.

2017 Maryland Code Education 7-424.2. Gangs and gang activity

(g)  Policy or regulations by local school system -- Education programs. -- Each local school system shall develop the following educational programs in its efforts to address gangs, gang activity, and similar destructive or illegal group behavior in schools:

  • (1) An educational gang awareness program for students, staff, volunteers, and parents; and
  • (2) A teacher and administrator development program that trains teachers and administrators to implement the policy or regulations.

(h)  Reporting of gang activity. --

  • (1) A school employee shall report any incidence of suspected gang activity or similar destructive or illegal group behavior promptly to the principal and, for a school that has a school security officer, to the school security officer.
  • (2) The principal and the school security officer may take appropriate action to maintain a safe and secure school environment, including the provision of appropriate intervention services.
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