The St. Louis County Police Department has been a driving force behind the Safe Schools Partnership of St. Louis County since its inception during the 1998-1999 school year. A collaborative agreement between the Department and area police departments, school districts, and other concerned agencies, the goal of the Partnership is nothing less than assuring the safety of our children.
Here is some information on the Partnership, taken from its organizing documents.
We have a vision of a world where children and adolescents can attend school free of any fear about their safety and well-being. We see a world where students attend school to experience an academic and social interaction that will enrich and enhance their lives and guide them towards becoming honorable and productive citizens in our society.
It is the mission of the Safe Schools Partnership to promote a safe school environment for all students, faculty, administration and parents. This mission grows as a proactive response to the threat of violent tragedies witnessed across America over the past few years where students, most often children and some adolescents, committed horrific crimes in the school against classmates and faculty.
It is the belief of this Partnership that there is no justification for tolerance of violent acts or the threat of violence. Creating a peaceful and productive school environment can be accomplished by facilitating a collaborative effort between the school districts, police departments, members of the family court system, legislators, students, family members, friends, mental health professionals and other appropriate community resources.
The Safe Schools Partnership fulfills its mission by providing a primary partnership between schools and the police departments to:
The following resources may be accessed by the links below, or from the menu to the left. All marked (PDF) are in Adobe Acrobat format.