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  School Safety a Priority

Nov 01, 2011 09:25 ET

The safety of school children remains a top priority for local schools boards and the
Durham Regional Police Service.

That’s why the newly update Police-School Protocol in Durham Region was the focus of multiple training sessions this past week, as educators and police officers reviewed the latest changes and talked about some of the key issues.

Several hundred educators received training this past week at the Durham District School Board Education Centre in Whitby. They went over the definitions of criminal offences and reviewed response protocols outlined in the extensive document.

“The training is a key component to the continued success of the police–school protocol as it assists in maintaining important partnerships and working relationships between the Durham District School Board and Durham Regional Police Service,” says Director of Education, Martyn Beckett, “The protocol and the training ultimately mean greater safety of students, staff, principals, and volunteers in our schools each and every day.”

Locally, training sessions were held for school administrators and teachers from the Durham District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud and officers from the Durham Regional Police Service. Participants reviewed the protocol, had opportunity for discussion and left with a renewed commitment to a coordinated effort to the greater safety and protection of students, teachers, principals, staff and volunteers in our schools.

“Keeping our schools safe is a top priority for everyone and this renewed and updated safety protocol is an important document for all of our organizations,” says DRPS Chief Mike Ewles, “It identifies clear definitions for offences and outlines the various response options for both school officials and police officers.”

The Police-School Board Protocol 2011 is an agreement between: Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud; Conseil scolaire Viamonde; Durham Catholic District School Board; Durham District School Board; Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board; Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board; Trillium Lakelands District School Board; Anishinabek Police Service – Curve Lake Detachment; City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service; Cobourg Police Service; Durham Regional Police Service; Hiawatha Police Service; Ontario Provincial Police; Peterborough Lakefield CommunityPolice Service; and Port Hope Police Service. The first protocol was signed in 2002.

The protocol outlines how police service and the school boards will co-operate and co-ordinate their efforts to ensure that the legal rights of all students and staff will be respected at all times. The training also covers topics such as online luring and sexting, threats and emergency planning among others. The protocol is the policy direction of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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Cst. Dunbar Participates in Exercise (JPG file, 151.5K bytes)
Cst. Wilson Helps Lead the Discussion (JPG file, 249.5K bytes)