Massachusetts - School Resource Officer Training: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment or requires training in selected schools only.

Massachusetts ch 71.37P School resource officers

In assigning a school resource officer, the chief of police shall consider candidates that the chief believes would strive to foster an optimal learning environment and educational community; provided further, that the chief of police may give preference to candidates who have received specialized training in child and adolescent development, de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques with children and adolescents, behavioral health disorders in children and adolescents, alternatives to arrest and other juvenile justice diversion strategies and behavioral threat assessment methods. The appointment shall not be based solely on seniority. The performance of school resource officers shall be reviewed annually by the superintendent and the chief of police. The superintendent and the chief of police shall enter into a written memorandum of understanding to clearly define the role and duties of the school resource officer which shall be placed on file in the office of the school superintendent.

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