Counselors Not Cops

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The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed:

Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools

This set of policy recommendations calls on schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers to remove any law enforcement assigned to be present on a regular basis in school.

You can access our:

Full Policy Recommendations here

A Resource Guide of FAQs, data and supplemental materials here

Our Interactive Webpage featuring our recommendations, key statistics and graphics here!

These recommendations build on our DSC Model Code on Education and Dignity and are based on best practices, research and experiences of students, parents, intervention workers, peace-builders and educators from around the country, and on a human rights framework for schools. They are designed so that communities and policy-makers can identify specific areas of concern and implement the recommended language, including changing laws and policies, while taking into account the diverse needs and characteristics of individual communities.

The policy recommendations for schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers are divided into three sections:

1. End the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools

We are calling for removal of any law enforcement personnel assigned to be present on a regular basis in schools, including sworn officers (and unsworn if they are armed security), municipal police officers, school police officers, school resource officers (SROs), sheriff’s deputies, parole and probation officers, tribal officers, truancy officers, ICE officers or other immigration officials and armed security guards.

2. Create Safe Schools through Positive Safety and Discipline Measures

Instead, school staff trained to ensure safe and positive school climates, such as community intervention workers, peacebuilders, behavior interventionists, transformative or restorative justice coordinators, school aides, counselors and other support staff, can and do prevent and address safety concerns and conflicts. These staff monitor school entrances and ensure a welcoming environment, respond to the root causes of conflict and disruptive behaviors, prevent and intervene to stop intergroup and interethnic tension, and address students’ needs. 

3. Restrict the Role of Law Enforcement that are Called in to Schools 

On those rare occasions when it is appropriate for law enforcement to enter a school building, there should be agreements with police departments that limit the cases when law enforcement can be called in to a school, with particular safeguards in place to ensure students’ rights to education and dignity are protected, in addition to their constitutional rights to counsel and due process.


More on Counslors Not Cops

Over 100 Education Groups Want to Kick Cops Out of Schools, Huffington Post

Get Police Out of Schools, Coalition of Student, Parent Groups Say, Education Week

Coalition calls for end of police presence in schools, Center for Public Integrity

Counselors, Not Cops, Teaching Tolerance

National Campaign Calls for Schools to Remove All Law Enforcement Officers, Youth Today