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 Training

MCSS offers various training opportunities for both law enforcement and school officials. Here are some of the trainings we offer.


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Maryland Model School Resource Officer (SRO)/School Security Employee Training Program​​

 

The Maryland Model School Resource Officer (SRO)/School Security Employee Training Program requires the trainee to attend and pass a 40-hour block of instruction that prepares the officer to carry out the primary duties of a SRO/School Security Employee.

Officers are taught a wide curriculum that includes the following: 

  • Maryland School Law

  • Trauma-Informed Counseling

  • Restorative Practices

  • Relationship Building

  • Peer Mediation techniques

The main role of the SRO is exactly as the title implies – to be a resource. The officer is there to help assist in finding solutions to issues that are beyond the capability of students, faculty, and administrators to handle alone. The officer is often the conduit between other resource agencies such as juvenile probation, the juvenile courts, social service agencies, and non-profit, civic, and faith-based organizations.

The SRO/School Security Employee is taught prevention techniques that will be beneficial in preventing violent incidents within a school. Keeping this in mind, the SRO must be prepared and trained to respond as a single officer to any active threat that arises on campus. 

The position of SRO is an extreme specialty in Law Enforcement. Traditional police training does not address the topics SRO’s must be familiar with. The adolescent brain not being able to understand consequences, de-escalation, mental health and special education needs and school discipline vs criminality are just a few topics they need to learn to function well in a school setting. 

Both the full program and the comparative compliance program were certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission on February 13, 2019. This certification allows our Center to give police officers in service-learning credit for the courses. Each police officer is required to have 21 hours of in-service training each year. Our full course offers 35 hours of in-service credit and our Comparative Compliance Course offers 14 hours of in-service credit to trainees. This means their agency can use our training in place of other training to keep the officer’s certification current. In addition, this put the eyes of a second professional training agency on our program checking consistency, applicability and value. 

Total Topics 

  • Introduction to STLA

  • Victimization of Youth in Schools

  • Official Interactions with Juveniles

  • SRO Definition and History

  • Youth Development Behavior and Discipline (De-Escalation)

  • Investigation of Bullying

  • Constructive Interactions with Students

  • Memorandum of Understanding

  • Getting into the Classroom

  • Working with Administrators and Staff

  • Collaboration with Stakeholders

  • School Emergency Planning

  • Restorative Practices

  • Addressing Indicators of Concern (Trauma Informed)

  • Maintaining a Positive School Climate

  • Maryland School Law

  • Disability and Diversity Awareness

  • Managing Gangs in Schools

  • SORAT Overview

  • Implicit Bias (De-Escalation)

  • Principles of Effective Learning

  • Informal Counseling

  • Drug Education Current Trends​

Understanding the Role of the SRO Class

 

This course is designed for the staff and administrators at schools where School Resource Officers are assigned in Maryland. SRO supervisors are encouraged to take this class as well. Especially SRO supervisorts that have no previous SRO experience. 

This course will provide the trainee with an understanding of spatial empathy as a basis for cooperative interaction and insight of each party as to the scope of the role of the other.

Many times, administrators ask the SROs to complete tasks and participate in matters beyond the scope of their agency's policies and in contradiction to the law.  In contrast, SROs sometimes have a skewed perception of the role, goals, policies and objectives of the administrator. 

At the completion of this training, the trainee will become familiar with the:

  • History and role of the SRO

  • Foundations of a successful SRO program

  • Purpose and use of the memorandum of understanding

  • Criminality vs. discipline

  • Enhancing an effective spatial interaction, partnership

The course will be taught with a mix of lecture and small group activity.  The group activity will take place during a working lunch following the classroom lecture.

This course can be easily modified to target the SRO as a student and build a better understanding of the role of the School Administrator.​

Additional Trainings

 

Our team members are also certified to teach the following topics. 

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MCSS offers various training opportunities for both law enforcement and school officials. 


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