Be Her Resource: A Toolkit About School Resource Officers and Girls of Color

Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality and the National Black Women’s Justice Institute announced the release of a new toolkit for school systems and police departments: Be Her Resource:  A Toolkit About School Resource Officers and Girls of Color.

As the numbers of police in our schools steadily increase, so do the disproportionate rates of discipline against girls of color.  In recognition of this reality, we conducted focus groups and interviews primarily in the South with girls of color and police officers to gather first-hand information about their interactions.

Based on this work, the toolkit provides guiding principles and policy recommendations that are designed to improve interactions between girls of color and SROs, with the ultimate goal of reducing these girls’ disproportionate rates of contact with the juvenile justice system.

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@GtownLawPovCntr & @NBWJInstitute study: #SROs & #girlsofcolor need relationship-building to address racial disparities bit.ly/beherresource

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New @GtownLawPovCntr & @NBWJInstitute report says #police in schools lack proper training to work w/ girls of color. bit.ly/beherresource Image: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzzQ-y6lTAE8UXU5cEJnMTdsaG8/view?usp=sharing

Black girls are 4x as likely get arrested in school than white girls. bit.ly/beherresource

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#SROs need support & training to improve safety for #girlsofcolor, @GtownLawPovCntr @NBWJInstitute new report says: bit.ly/beherresource

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55% of polled SROs arrested students for minor offenses b/c teachers wanted them to @GtownLawPovCntr @NBWJInstitute bit.ly/beherresource