Course Overview: P5 - Preventing Problems by Promoting Positive Practices, an eLearning course, advances community policing by further enhancing positive police interactions with students and school personnel in school environments. Learners utilize the SARA model, a problem-solving method of community policing, to improve the elements of a positive school climate: physical and learning environments, relationships, engagement, safety, and discipline. Topics cover implicit biases, adolescent behavior, effective discipline, and much more.
School Resource Officers (SROs) are essential to achieving safer schools. The P5 course provides professional development for school-based law enforcement officers (school resource officers, school police officers, school safety directors, and school security officers) and their education counterparts. The course creates a shared language of concepts to improve communication, role clarity, and realign expectations.
Research-based and practice-informed strategies are explored throughout the course. These topics include how to manage implicit biases, respond to youth behavior, and address the physical environment to target crime and wellness. Learners focus on steps to implement fair and equitable discipline, restore relationships after conflict, and solve school problems collaboratively, all with the goal to create a safer school using community policing.
- Explain the benefits of creating a positive school climate
- Explain the four basic elements of a positive school climate
- Explain the Preventing Problems by Promoting Positive Practices (P5) framework
Target Audience: School-based law enforcement officers (school resource officers, school police officers, school safety directors, and school security officers) and their education counterparts.
Cooperative Partners: This tuition-free online training was developed by Xero Associates Inc. and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2015-CK-WXK-015 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
Learning Hours: 1 hour including the pre-test and post-test.