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36 Officers Graduate from TEAM School Liaison Program

Michigan students will again benefit from the addition of 36 police officers trained in the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (TEAM) School Liaison Program.  The Michigan State Police (MSP), Grants and Community Services Division hosted the four-day training, which concluded Thursday, May 25, 2023. 

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 course, officers receive instruction in student/juvenile psychology, legal issues, classroom management, and presentation skills/public speaking.  

In addition to traditional topics like personal safety, how to dial 911, the law and you, and dating violence, the TEAM curriculum has been updated to address the topic of school safety and security including facility assessments, bullying and harassment, cyber-crime, social media use, illicit drugs, and vaping.  

This class included two officers from MSP, 12 from county sheriff’s offices, 23 from township/city police departments, and one from a local school district.  Agencies represented are listed below: 

Allen Park Police Department
Battle Creek Police Department
Benzie County Sheriff’s Office
Clinton Community School District
Coldwater Police Department
Colon Police Department
Decatur Police Department
Eastpointe Police Department
Farmington City Police Department
Genesee Township Police Department
Gerrish Township Police Department
Grand Blanc City Police Department
Hillsdale City Police Department
Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office
Imlay City Police Department
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office
Lincoln Park Police Department
Michigan State Police – Caro Post
Michigan State Police – Wakefield Post
Milan Police Department
Montague Police Department
Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office
Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office
Otsego County Sheriff’s Office
Plainwell Department of Public Safety
Plymouth Township Police Department
Portage Department of Public Safety
St. Joseph Department of Public Safety
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department
Vassar Police Department

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