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31 Officers Graduate from TEAM School Liaison Program

Michigan students will again benefit from the addition of 31 law enforcement officers recently 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, September 28, 2023.

Group photo of 31 officers graduating from TEAM School Liaison Program

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, 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 three officers from the MSP, 15 from county sheriffs’ offices, and 13 from township/city police departments:

Barry County Sheriff’s Department
Battle Creek Police Department
Birch Run Village Police Department
Cadillac Police Department
Charlotte City Police Department
Crawford County Sheriff’s Office
Fenton Police Department
Flint City Police Department
Holland Department of Public Safety
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Office
Kalamazoo City Police Department
Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Menominee Police Department
MSP Headquarters
MSP Manistique Outpost
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
Otsego Police Department
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
Pentwater Police Department
Springport Township Police Department
St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office
Tecumseh 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.