Two officers of the West Manchester Township Police Department participate in the Teaching, Educating and Mentoring School Liaison Program (T.E.A.M.).
T.E.A.M. is a school-based, law related curriculum, taught to grades K-12 by T.E.A.M. trained police officers. Officers receive a 40-hour training program that introduces them to over 30 lesson plans they are able to present in their community. During T.E.A.M training, officers participate in public speaking scenarios, which helps prepare them for the classroom environment. Officers also receive training in student/juvenile psychology, classroom management, bullying and harassment, cybercrime and school security issues. The newest T.E.A.M. curriculum lesson plan introduces students to the importance of Homeland Security and their role in Family Preparedness.
The T.E.A.M. training allows officers to teach at any of the three levels of education including elementary, middle or high school. The elementary school curriculum teaches students basic safety rules such as bicycle and pedestrian safety, the proper use of 911, fire and gun prevention and being safe on the Internet.
The ultimate goal of this program is to build positive relationships by uniting educators, students and law enforcement.