Police In the Schools: Is Special Training Necessary to Avoid the School to Prison Pipeline?
July 27, 2017
Hosted by Mitchel Winick and Stephen Wagner, with Michael Cohen
There are more than 43,000 SROs or school-based police officers, and an additional 39,000 security guards, working in our country’s 84,000 public schools: Only 12 states have laws that specify training requirements for school security staff who are assigned or deployed to schools. Few of these staff have any training in education, child and adolescent psychology, cultural sensitivity and understanding, and student disabilities and mental health. Police academies spend 1% or less of their total training hours on juvenile justice issues. Most of the training in these areas are voluntary. Most of the security officers who work in schools come from community-based law enforcement backgrounds, their training, perspectives, and interactions relate more to criminals than to growing and maturing students.Should there be special training required for police officers who are assigned to schools?
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Wagner and Winick On the Law is the talk radio program for individuals interested in contemporary legal issues, social policy, and the protection of personal rights within our legal system. Co-hosted by law school President and Dean Mitchel Winick and law professor and trial attorney Stephen Wagner, the program features live interviews with lawyers, judges, business professionals, and policy experts discussing legal issues that affect our daily lives. Guest co-host law professor and attorney Michael Cohen adds an international law dimension in his bi-weekly program segment “International Crossroads”. As the hosts remind listeners every week, "If you don’t know the law, know a lawyer!"
Mitchel Winick and Stephen Wagner, with Michael Cohen
Stephen Wagner and Mitchel Winick have broadcast together as co-hosts since Wagner and Winick On the Law began broadcasting in 2014 on KSCO AM 1080, one of the nation’s leading independent talk radio stations. Michael Cohen has joined the program as a regular guest co-host and as producer of the special segment, “International Crossroads”.
Mitchel L. Winick is the President and Dean of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Colleges of Law. Winick’s thirty-year career has included legal education, law, and business. A former Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Winick has served as V.P. of a publicly traded company, senior partner in a management consulting firm, and co-founder of a venture capital firm.
Stephen Wagner serves as a law professor at San Luis Obispo College of Law and as a trial deputy, specializing in vehicular homicide cases, with the San Luis Obispo County DA's Office. As a law professor, Wagner teaches Criminal Law and Evidence. He is a former prosecutor with the California District Attorney’s Association and the San Benito DA’s Office.
Michael Cohen is a law professor and a partner with Sheppard Mullin's Antitrust and International Competition Practice Group. Cohen hosts the bi-weekly “International Crossroads”. Starting in law enforcement as an Assistant Special Prosecutor, Cohen has spent more than two decades defending multinational clients across the globe. Cohen teaches Constitutional Law and Business Organizations at Monterey College of Law.