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24 Officers Graduate from TEAM School Liaison Program

Michigan students will soon benefit from the addition of 24 police officers recently trained in the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (TEAM) School Liaison Program. The Michigan State Police (MSP) hosted the four-day training, which concluded Thursday, March 3, 2022.

TEAM is a school-based, law-related curriculum that is taught to grades K-12 by TEAM-trained police officers with the goal of uniting educators, students, and law enforcement officers to better equip children to protect themselves from crime. During the 40-hour training course, officers receive instruction in student/juvenile psychology, classroom management, and public speaking.

In addition to traditional topics like personal safety, the TEAM curriculum has been updated to address the topic of school safety, evaluations and building security as well as current issues including bullying and harassment, juvenile law, cyber-crime, school security, social media use, illicit drugs, and vaping.

This class included 24 officers from three MSP posts, seven sheriff’s departments, and nine township or city police departments:

• MSP Caro Post
• MSP Paw Paw Post
• MSP Tri-City Post
• Berrien County Sheriff’s Office
• Kent County Sheriff's Office
• Saginaw County Sheriff's Office
• Oakland County Sheriff’s Office
• Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
• Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office
• Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office
• Brighton City Police Department
• Cadillac Police Department
• Canton Township Police Department
• Grand Haven Township Department of Public Safety
• Huron Township Police Department
• Iron Mountain Police Department
• Lakeview Police Department
• Norton Shores Police Department
• Traverse City Police Department

TEAM allows officers to teach at any of the three levels of education - elementary, middle, or high school, aligning with the Michigan Model for Health. The curriculum has been implemented in approximately 250 Michigan school districts.

group photo of TEAM training 2022