Recently two Fairview Township police officers instructed officers from other departments in the T.E.A.M. (Teaching, Educating, And Mentoring) School Liaison Program. The training took place between July 23rd and July 26th at the Swatara Township Police Department in Dauphin County. Over the four day period, Fairview Township police officers, Bill Buzzard and Jason Lotier, along with officer Ed Curtis from Lower Allen Township in Cumberland County, taught 16 officers from departments in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York Counties in the T.E.A.M. curriculum. After graduating, these newly certified instructors are now able to take the information back to their departments where they can tailor the program to meet the needs of their agencies and schools.
T.E.A.M. is a school-based law enforcement curriculum appropriate for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. There are over 30 different lesson plans involving many topics such as bullying, Internet safety, and drug and alcohol awareness. While geared towards kids in a school setting, it can also be modified as a stand-alone program for civic organizations or even for adults. The T.E.A.M. program was developed by the Michigan State Police in 1998. In 2009, the first Fairview Township police officers became certified in T.E.A.M. and brought it into the West Shore School District that same year.
Officer Picciurro from Fairview Township was already a T.E.A.M instructor, but participated in this most recent training to earn his certification to teach other officers how to become T.E.A.M. instructors in future training programs.
If you would like more information on the T.E.A.M. program, contact us at (717)-901-5267.