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Whitmer Announces 30 Officers Graduate from TEAM School Liaison Program
October 07, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2022
Gov. Whitmer Announces 30 Officers Graduate from TEAM School Liaison Program to Make Schools and Communities Safer
LANSING, Mich. -- Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan students will soon benefit from the addition of 30 police officers recently trained in the Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring (TEAM) School Liaison Program.
“Today’s officer graduates from the TEAM School Liaison Program have received high-quality training from the MSP to protect and serve young Michiganders on and off campus,” said Governor Whitmer. “In the recent, record bipartisan budget I signed, we worked across the aisle to deliver dedicated, per-student school safety dollars to every school, and I am grateful to the MSP for facilitating the TEAM program and continuing to take action to keep kids safe by running initiatives like the OK2SAY program. Let’s keep working together to help kids be kids.”
TEAM is a school-based, law-related curriculum that is taught to grades K-12 by TEAM-trained police officers with the goal of better equipping children to protect themselves from crime. 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. The Michigan State Police (MSP) hosted the four-day training, which concluded Thursday, October 6, 2022.
This class included 30 officers including two from MSP, 14 from sheriff’s offices, and 10 from township and city police departments:
- Allegan City Police Department
- Benzie County Sheriff’s Office
- Berrien County Sheriff’s Office
- Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
- Constantine Police Department
- Dearborn Heights Police Department
- Emmet County Sheriff’s Office
- Farmington Hills Police Department
- Harbor Springs Police Department
- Isabella County Sheriff’s Office
- Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office
- Livingston County Sheriff’s Office
- MSP Cadillac Post
- MSP Headquarters
- Mackinac Island Police Department
- Manistee County Sheriff’s Office
- Mason County Sheriff’s Office
- Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office
- Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
- Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
- Owosso Department of Public Safety
- Richfield Township Police Department
- Saginaw Township Police Department
- St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office
- Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
- Zeeland 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.
Dedicated school safety dollars for every student in every school. Funds to hire more on-campus school resources officers, create an intervention system for at-risk students that brings together law enforcement, schools, and mental health professionals, and establish a school safety commission.
Student Safety Investments
In July, Governor Whitmer signed a bipartisan education budget that will make the highest state per-student investment in Michigan history to improve every kid’s in-class experience, invest $250 million in school infrastructure, fund $10,000 scholarships for 2,500 future teachers every year, and send schools dedicated per-student funding to bolster school safety and expand on-campus mental health resources.
The dedicated $210 million school safety dollars allocates $25 million for schools to hire more on-campus school resource officers. The school safety dollars will also create an intervention system for at-risk students that brings together law enforcement, schools, and mental health professionals, and establish a school safety commission.
In June, Governor Whitmer signed legislation that fully funds risk assessments and critical incidence mapping at every school in the state to help protect students and create safety plans in the event of an emergency. The legislation will deliver necessary resources to Oxford Community Schools and every district across the state to support students, improve public safety and provide effective law enforcement solutions.