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18 Officers Graduate from TEAM School Liaison Program

Michigan students will benefit from the addition of 18 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 five-day training, which concluded Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. 

TEAM is a school-based, law-related curriculum taught to grades K-12 by TEAM-trained police officers with the goal of uniting educators, students, and law enforcement officers to help children 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 two officers from the MSP, five from county sheriffs’ offices, and eleven from township/city police departments, and represented the following agencies:

Allegan County Sheriff's Office
Battle Creek Police Department
Dryden Township Police Department
Durand Police Department
Genesee Township Police Department
Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority
Imlay City Police Department
Isabella County Sheriff's Office
Kent County Sheriff's Office
MSP Houghton Lake Post
MSP Marshall Post
Muskegon Heights Police Department
Niles Police Department
Norway Police Department
Ontwa Township/Edwardsburg Police Department
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office
Sanilac County Sheriff's Office

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.