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All Hazards Training

One way for individuals to prepare for an event or emergency is to take free training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This link above will take you to the FEMA Independent Study Program site where you may find a variety of training classes available for self study. Higher Education Institutions, such as Frederick Community College through the Mid-Atlantic Emergency Management Center, may award college credits for completion of various courses completed from the Independent Study Program. 

Maryland Center for School Safety School Resource Officer (SRO) Training

The Safe to Learn Act 2018, required the development of a specialized curriculum for use in training of SROs and school security employees (SSE). 

The 40-hour Basic School Resource Officer Training in Maryland covers the following major topic areas:

  1. Constructive interactions with students: The role of the SRO as a coach, mentor and educator and how these supportive roles build relationships with students, while maintaining professional boundaries.
  2. Informal counseling: Identifying characteristics, strategies, role and responsivities of being an informal counselor and how to advance the concept of conflict resolution.
  3. Memorandums of Understanding (MOU): Understanding the importance of an MOU between the Law Enforcement Agency and School System, the key elements of an MOU, including the sharing of juvenile information in the State of Maryland.
  4. Safe to Learn Act: Covers the State of Maryland’s “Safe to Learn Act of 2018” and the impact it has on student and school safety.
  5. SRO History: Defines the term “School Resource Officer”, the roles the SRO assumes within a school (Mentor/Educator/Law Enforcement Officer (LEO)/Emergency Manager), as well as the history of SRO’s within the State of Maryland.
  6. Victimization and Child Protective Services: How to recognize the victimization of youth, abuse/neglect investigations, and relevant Maryland statutes and Code of Maryland Regulations pertaining to child protection.
  7. Drug Education and Current Trends: Current trends in controlled dangerous substance usage in schools, signs of addiction/overdose, educative efforts and “wrap around” services available in general, throughout the State.
  8. Bullying, Threats and Social Media Use: The characteristics of bullying, harassment, intimidation, social media misuse, the effects of victimization, possible suicidal/homicidal implications on bullied individuals, analyzing strategies/investigative techniques used in prevention, and an overview of the Maryland State Department of Education’s online reporting forms and how to utilize them.
  9. Official interactions with Juveniles: Covers the difference between school discipline and criminal behavior, requirements for an LEO to conduct an interview, when an interview becomes an interrogation and use of Miranda, understanding of “Non-negotiables” for the arrest of anyone 14 years of age, and older and avoiding “embarrassment” of a student being taken into custody.
  10. School Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams: Definition of a School Behavioral Threat Assessment team, options available to an SRO to mitigate an identified threat to a school campus and reporting requirements and information sharing with the MCSS.
  11. Youth Development: Covers the seven (7) developmental domains, cultures and sub-cultures relevant to youth in schools, distinguishing between risk factors, strengths along with worldviews youth might hold, identification of prosocial behaviors to replace antisocial behaviors, the difference between school discipline matters vs criminal matters, and use of conflict de-escalation techniques.
  12. Collaboration and Problem Solving with Stakeholders: Covers the SARA (scanning, analysis, response, and assessment) problem solving model, along with understanding community stakeholders who need to be involved and how collaboration affects the school community in a positive light.
  13. Getting into the Classroom: Covers creation of effective programs and/or use of available programs related law related education of students for safe decision-making choices.
  14. Principles of Effective learning: Covers the eight principles of learning and styles of learning and how they relate to law related education for SRO’s.
  15. School Emergency Planning: Covers the four phases of an emergency; preparation, response, recovery and resiliency as well as preparation methods to mitigate and active assailant incident.
  16. Working Collaboratively with the School Administration: Covers the importance of a positive working relationship with school staff, understanding of chains of command from each entity, importance of frequent meetings within the education environment, and documentation requirements of each entity.
  17. Indicators of Behavior, Trauma Informed care: Recognition of behaviors of concern, use of Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams to access issues, understanding of the impact of traumatic experiences on youth and how not to re-victimize an individual, and the four essentials of Trauma Informed Care.
  18. Disability and Diversity Awareness: Defines the terms; disability, diversity, inclusiveness, and cultural fluency. Differentiating between HIPAA, FERPA and “Best Practices in Seclusion and Restraint” reporting for Maryland schools and discussion of the possibility that individuals with disabilities may be experience discrimination in various fields including; education, health care, employment, economic, and justice.
  19. Maintaining a Positive School Climate: Discusses difference in promotion and prevention mindsets, defines creation and maintenance of positive environment, and the correlation of a positive climate to a behavioral threat assessment.
  20. Managing Gangs in Schools: Discusses gang activity by region within the State, signs within schools, and documentation of gang activity.
  21. Restorative practices: Use of restorative practices to repair student relationships and resolving conflict within the school environment.
  22. Implicit bias: Covers what implicit bias are and how understanding of, creates a better relationship atmosphere between students and their SRO.
  23. School Law and the School Based Officer: Review of Maryland Education Article, Code of Maryland Regulations, and Constitutional law. HIPPA and FERPA are reviewed as well as the exceptions to each for information sharing.
  24. SORAT: Review of single officer response to an active threat within an educational environment.