TEAM Mission Statement:
Uniting educators, students, and law enforcement to promote the use of good decision making skills and the prevention
of crime by providing our youth with essential information and skills needed to succeed.
The Teaching Educating, And Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) School Liaison Program is a school-based “law related” education program taught by specifically trained law enforcement officers. T.E.A.M. is proactive effort to make schools and communities safer, promote responsible citizenship, and encourage positive character traits.
The curriculum at elementary schools provide students with an understanding of laws and their responsibility as a citizen to obey them. T.E.A.M. is flexible and adaptable to virtually all classroom settings. Each lesson is approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length and can be used as a stand alone program for assemblies or special events, or can be instructed in a consecutive sequence. Working together, the police officer, the classroom teacher, and the school official decide when it is most appropriate to incorporate a T.E.A.M. lesson that will assist in classroom instruction.
In 1998, T.E.A.M. was developed by the Michigan Department of State Police, in collaboration with public and private school curriculum experts. The most widely implemented school health education curriculum Michigan Model was used as the basic foundation to create the T.E.A.M. School Liaison Programs.
The T.E.A.M. School Liaison Program’s goal is to unite educators, students, and law enforcement to play an integral part in preventing crime. The philosophy is that while working together as a team we can create relationships and be united in protecting children from becoming victims of crime.
LESSON 1: WHY DO WE HAVE RULES AND LAWS?
Designed to help familiarize students with basic rights and discuss safety awareness by understanding the importance of rules and laws.
LESSON 2: I WILL STAY SAFE
Designed to provide the students with information concerning safety and how to avoid dangerous situations.
LESSON 3: DRUGS ARE DANGEROUS
Designed to provide students with the necessary information about how drugs can harm them.
LESSON 4: FIRE SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO ME
Designed to provide students with positive information concerning fire safety.
LESSON 5: LET’S STOP AND THINK ABOUT GUN SAFETY
Designed to provide students with key gun safety rules, as well as help them develop anti-victim prevention strategies.
LESSON 6: THE INTERNET: STAY SAFE AND HAVE FUN
Designed to provide students with information that the Internet is a fun and educational tool, but can also be dangerous.
LESSON 7: FEELING SAFE AND SECURE
Designed for students to understand the importance of being prepared for emergency situations and how they may be able to help when an emergency situation develops.
T.E.A.M. instructors also provide standalone T.E.A.M lessons to kindergarten, first, and second grade students upon requests from a teacher or school administrator.
The T.E.A.M. program instructors are:
Lt. Braxton Ditty (Program Coordinator)
Officer Scott Tyson (assigned to Newberry Elementary)
Officer Dean Bortner (assigned to Red Mill Elementary)