School cops learn new techniques for 'climate change'

September 08, 2010|By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
SCHOOL POLICE officers play an important role in maintaining a proper climate and student safety, which a pilot program under way in the district hopes to modify and expand.
The concept is simple, but the reward could be great, said Debbie Plotnick, director of advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, sponsor of the program at Martin Luther King High, in West Oak Lane.
The program instructs school police officers not only how to identify social, emotional and mental needs of students, but also teaches them to direct youth to the appropriate services they need instead of cracking down on them.

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2010 ArchiveCorey Rogers