State law requires SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment.
Code of the District of Columbia 5-132.03 Training for school security personnel.
The School Safety Division shall develop a training curriculum for all school security personnel providing security for DCPS. The curriculum shall be focused on training supervisory and on-site personnel so that they will provide appropriate security procedures for the various socioeconomic conditions at each educational facility. The curriculum shall include training in the following areas: (1) Child development; (2) Effective communication skills; (3) Behavior management; (4) Conflict resolution; (5) Substance abuse and its effect on youth; (6) Availability of social services for youth; (7) District of Columbia laws and regulations, including Board of Education regulations; (8) Constitutional Standard for searches and seizures conducted by school security personnel on school grounds; and (9) Gang and crew violence prevention.
Non-Regulatory Guidance: School Discipline
This document provides non-regulatory guidance around discipline to support LEAs in the development of their discipline policies, including guiding principles on student discipline to support positive school climate and behavior, such as providing school-based law enforcement officers with regular training on how to engage students and support positive behavior.