In today’s America, most students have their first interaction with law enforcement at an early age, usually on their school campuses. This is because officers are now a staple on campuses everywhere.
Despite this exposure however, most young people still do not know what to expect from an encounter with police, or what they should or should not do when such encounters occur. Equally important is the need for students to understand their rights and responsibilities during such interactions.
AB 185, the School/Law Enforcement Partnership—Stakeholder Workgroup measure, introduced by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), will ensure students across California are better prepared to handle a situation when and if they are approached by law enforcement officials.
The state’s School/Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP) is comprised of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state Attorney General. AB185 would require the SLEP to convene a stakeholder workgroup to identify and develop resources for use by high school and middle school students. Such resources would detail a minor’s rights and responsibilities during interactions with police. The bill would require SLEP to post those resources on specific internet websites.
The stakeholder workgroup would include representatives from all of the following organizations—teachers, school administrators, students, parents, law enforcement, civil rights advocates and immigrant rights advocates.