Memorandum of Understanding between the Duxbury Public Schools and the Duxbury Police Department
This document represents the formalized working relationship between the Duxbury School Committee ("Schools") and the Duxbury Police Department ("Police"), collectively "the Parties," concerning the sharing of information and resources to maximize the safety and security of the community and its children. The Parties agree that joint cooperation and a common desire to promote a safe, orderly, and secure school environment conducive to learning will best serve the school community.
In furtherance of the above goals, the Parties hereby agree as follows:
A. Scope of the Agreement
This Agreement concerns the sharing of information and resources concerning incidents of threats, violence, or any other behavior or incidents that pose a substantial threat to the safety and well-being of students and employees of the Schools.
The Duxbury Public Schools and the Duxbury Police Department agree to collaborate when necessary to ensure compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 'An Acl Relative To Bullying.,
B. School Law Enforcement Unit
The Police, with the advice of the Superintendent, shall designate a Student Resource Officer ("SRO") as its School Law Enforcement Unit. The SRO will be responsible for assisting the Parties in the reduction and prevention of school-related violence and criminal activity. The SRO shall be a licensed, uniformed police officer and shall have the primary duty of enforcing state laws and working with the Police to address criminal matters that occur on school property or are related to school-sponsored or school-sanctioned activities, as well as matters that concern the safety of students and the Schools' employees. The SRO shall not be responsible for enforcing school rules.
The Schools shall establish an office for the SRO. The SRO may create and maintain records based on consultation with and advice from the Schools regarding information obtained by the police, the SRO's own observations and/or investigations, as well as the observations or personal knowledge of teachers, administrators, or students.
The SRO shall immediately inform the Superintendent and/or relevant school principal, concerning all student criminal matters that are school-related and/or involve felony charges. Further, the SRO shall cooperate with school administration in school disciplinary proceedings that concern alleged criminal activity on the part of students and, when necessary, shall provide testimony and information relevant to such proceedings to the extent permitted by relevant laws and regulations.
The daily operation and control of the SRO Program, as well as supervision of the SRO, shall be the responsibility of the Police. The SRO shall report to his/her supervisor in the Police Department. The Pa1ties understand that the SRO is not an employee of the Schools and that the Schools will have no right to control the activities of the SRO, nor shall the Schools exercise any supervisory authority over the SRO. The Police agree that the SRO will be subject to a CORI check prior to assignment and thereafter as required by law.
C. Designation of Contact Persons
The Parties agree that the SRO shall act as a primary point of Police contact for the exchange of information and resources. Further, the Superintendent and principals of each school shall be primary points of contact for the Schools. The schools agree that the Superintendent and all building principals will be authorized to receive information from the Criminal History Systems Board. The Schools and the Police may designate those individuals who shall assume such responsibilities in the event the primary point of contact is unavailable. No individuals other than those designated as primary or secondary points of contact shall be authorized to receive inforn1ation from either Party.
D. Interagency Cooperation and Information Sharing
The Parties recognize that establishing this Agreement will best enable each to communjcate and share information and resources concerrung incidents of threats, violence, or any other behavior or incidents that pose a substantial threat to the safety and well-being of students and employees of the Schools. The Parties agree that the sharing of such information and resources to the extent permitted by relevant laws and regulations is vital to providing a safe, orderly, and secure school environment for children. The Parties further agree to support and encourage the use of the Plymouth County District Attorney's Youthful Diversion Program as a positive method for addressing juvenile criminal behavior in appropriate circumstances.
E. Administration of the Agreement
This Agreement shall be in effect as of the date the Agreement is signed by the Parties and shall renew automatically unless otherwise modified. Any party signatory to this Agreement may terminate participation upon thi1ty days notice to all other signatories. The Parties agree to develop procedures for ongoing meetings and will annually review and make changes to this Agreement as deemed necessary. Modification of this Agreement shall be made only by a written document setting forth the modifications, signed by all consenting parties.
The Parties acknowledge that this Agreement does not preclude or preempt the Parties from individually entering into agreements with other entities regarding the sharing of information. Any such agreements shall not nullify the force and effect of this Agreement.