Police officers graduate from MSP Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring School Liaison Program


18 police officers around Michigan have graduated from the latest Michigan State Police Teaching, Educating, and Mentoring School Liaison Program, or TEAM.

The program held a five-day training course in Lansing ending on Friday to prepare police to go into schools and teach kids about important safety issues of the day.

During the 40-hour training course, officers received instruction in student and juvenile psychology, classroom management, and public speaking. In addition to topics like personal safety, how to dial 911, the law and you, and dating violence, the TEAM curriculum for students has been updated to address the issues of school safety and security, bullying and harassment, cyber-crime, social media use, illicit drugs, and vaping.

Among the officers to receive TEAM training was one from the Niles Police Department. That officer will interact with students and teachers in an effort to help ensure kids make the right choices.