A new bill, Nebraska LB 390, mandates de-escalation training for school resource officers and security guards.
Nebraska Legislature Bill 390
, concerning a memorandum of understanding between school districts and law enforcement and security agencies, became effective on April 24, 2019. Nebraska LB 390 specifies a requirement of a minimum of 20 hours of training in conflict de-escalation techniques. Summary as follows:
- Nebraska Legislature Bill 390 was adopted and passed into law on 4/24/19.
- It requires that any law enforcement agency which provides school resource officers and any security agency which provides security guards to schools in a school district shall have in effect a memorandum of understanding with such school district by January 1, 2021.
- These memorandum of understanding between law enforcement and school officials will delineate the roles and responsibilities of school resource officers, security guards, and school officials to balance the interests of safety for students and school staff.
- Applicable law enforcement and security agencies may either adopt the model memorandum of understanding that the State Department of Education will develop and distribute by December 1, 2019 or draft their own memorandum of understanding as long as it is substantially similar to the model memorandum of understanding and includes provisions in conformity with the minimum standards set forth in the model memorandum of understanding.
- All memorandum of understanding must require that:
- Each school resource officer or security guard must attend a minimum of 20 hours of training focused on school-based law enforcement, including, but not limited to, coursework focused on school law, student rights, understanding special needs students and students with disabilities, conflict de-escalation techniques, ethics for school resource officers, teenage brain development, adolescent behavior, implicit bias training, diversity and cultural awareness, trauma-informed responses, and preventing violence in school settings; and
- A minimum of one administrator in each elementary or secondary school where a school resource officer or security guard is assigned must attend a minimum of twenty hours of training focused on school-based law enforcement, including, but not limited to, coursework focused on school law, student rights, understanding special needs students and students with disabilities, conflict de-escalation techniques, ethics for school resource officers and security guards, teenage brain development, adolescent behavior, implicit bias training, diversity and cultural awareness, trauma-informed responses, and preventing violence in school settings.
CPI Training Can Help Your School Comply With the Nebraksa Legislature Bill 390
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CPI offers training and resources to help schools meet legislative mandates like the policy requirements set forth in Nebraska LB 390. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
training equips staff with techniques for both the prevention of and the safe use of restraint. Our train-the-trainer program helps staff identify underlying causes of student behaviors, and how staff and student behaviors affect each other. The program also emphasizes:
- Evaluating risk of harm and signs of distress.
- Documenting incidents.
- Safer, less restrictive holding skills to be used only as a last resort.
- Behavioral supports.
- Implementing evidence-based practices.
Free Alignment to Ensure Compliance
CPI is pleased to present our free Alignment, a detailed chart designed to assist you in identifying some of the ways in which CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Training program can help school organizations in the state of Nebraska comply with the new required minimum of twenty hours of training focused on school-based law enforcement. It may also assist you in identifying areas that may require a review and/or revision in your school organization’s policies and procedures.
How to Get Training
We can bring the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program on-site to your school, or you can attend training in one of more than 170 public locations throughout the US.
For friendly, expert help about how CPI can help you comply, contact CPI Territory Manager Jaime Schroeder
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