Michigan students will soon benefit from the addition of dozens of police officers recently trained in the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) School Liaison Program. The Michigan State Police (MSP) hosted the four-day training, which concluded Thursday, Feb. 14.
T.E.A.M. is a school-based, law-related curriculum that is taught to grades K-12 by T.E.A.M.-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 T.E.A.M. curriculum has been updated to address current issues including bullying and harassment, cybercrime, school security, social media use and vaping.
This class included 30 officers from six MSP posts, four sheriff’s departments, 11 city or township police departments and one tribal police department:
T.E.A.M. allows officers to teach at any of the three levels of education - elementary, middle or high school. The curriculum has been implemented in approximately 250 Michigan school districts.