The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest independent school district. It also has the largest independent police force in the country, with 404 sworn officers, 101 school safety officers and 34 civilian support staff that work 24/7 to patrol schools that are spread out over 710 square miles and 26 cities.
LAUSD police officers are employing a 21st century policing strategy, with a focus on community oriented enforcement, to improving police-community relations, keep kids in school and to improve the safety of the schools within the district and the surrounding neighborhoods. Steve Zipperman, Chief of Police and Deputy Chief Timothy Anderson for the LAUSD police force will speak about the history of their community policing theory and practice, and why the strategy works, in a free Security magazine webinar on March 28, from 2-3 p.m. ET.
After attending this Webinar, attendees should be able to:
- Identify and recognize why and how community orienting policing can benefit your school police program.
- Assess the benefits of how the LA school police officers are implementing restorative justice and diversion programs as an alternative to enforcement, and engaging with students to encourage positive behavior.
- Gather information on how LA school police officers are utilizing the “SARA” model project of managing change to address recurring problems on school campuses and assist students who are at high-risk.
- Evaluate the benefits of a partnership between LA school police officers and community relations projects. Under the program, each school police officer must identify and work in a specific community relations project that both parties can use to positively affect students.
This webinar is sponsored by G4S, NAPCO and RS2 Technologies.