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REGIONAL COMMUNITY POLICING INSTITUTE
School Liasion Program:                   

Goals:

 Increase safety in the educational institutions- Increase positive contact between youth and police - Serve as a resource for principals and teachers- Further community policing goals of police department 

Program Description:

Each elementary school will have one primary contact officer who provides services to the school. The officer is assigned to a patrol district with the school included in it. The officer interacts with students, works with faculty, staff, parents, and school organizations to solve problems, and may present classes as needed (such as bicycle safety, stranger danger, etc.). 

Critical Factors:

  • Training for each officer on a juvenile psychology mindset
    • Officers on permanent beat/district/shift assignment
      • Partnership with school districts
        • Approval of program
          • Organizational commitment to the program
            • Community oriented policing philosophy in the department.

            Effects of the Program:

            The program has resulted in improved youth/police relations. Resolution of several problems through police /school partnership, increased safety in educational institutions, and fewer repeated nuisance calls. This program supplements and augments existing programs such as D.A.R.E., G.R.E.A.T., and the high school "School Resource Officer" program. School/police partnerships are also encouraged through the close contact until the school liaison program.

            Contact Information:

            Lieutenant Greg Galardi
            Papillion Police Department
            145 west Second Street
            Papillion, NE 68046
            Phone: (402) 597-2035
            Fax: (402) 592-9810
            Email: ggalard@monarch.papillion.ne.us