Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines


On occasion, principals will need police assistance but should avoid unnecessary and inappropriate police involvement. They are expected to be proactive in calling the police when necessary, and not to leave the decision to the discretion of other staff members, except by delegation in their temporary absence. The situations listed below are examples of situations in which it is appropriate to call the police, and their support should be expected. The Superintendent should be advised of any such situation as soon as feasible.



refusal of a person to leave school property after being requested to do so by the appropriate school authority



willful destruction of school property--particularly if the Corporation is likely to seek restitution



theft--particularly if items are of value and insurance claims will be filed



obvious crime






assaults or serious fighting--if not controlled or if serious injury results



sexual violence



forgery--if assistance is needed in determining whether it is forgery



possession of a dangerous weapon



possession of alcohol or drugs



sale or distribution of controlled substances



blackmail, threatening, or extortion of students or staff members



bona fide threat against a person's life or threats of terrorist acts, bomb scares, etc.



illegal or inappropriate operation of a motor vehicle



child abuse or molestation



a student leaving school property without permission, a missing person situation, or a self-inflicted injury by a student

Interrogation Procedures

School officials enforce discipline in schools but are not law enforcement agents. School officials shall not participate in an investigation conducted by a law enforcement agency, including any interrogation of the student by a law enforcement official. However, pursuant to State law, if a student is interrogated by a law enforcement officer on school property, the principal or designee must make an effort to immediately notify the student's parent of the interrogation. If immediate notification is not possible, the principal or designee must notify the student's parent not later than twelve (12) hours after the interrogation occurs. Additionally, the following procedures apply when a law enforcement agency requests to interrogate a student on school property.



All attempts to notify the parents should be documented.



Police and other authorities should investigate alleged law violations off of school property if at all possible. The principal may ask if the police can interview the student after school at his/her home instead. The investigation can take place immediately on school property at the request of the principal if the alleged law violation took place on school property.



When police or other authorities arrive at the school and wish to interview a student or investigate an alleged law violation, they will contact the principal indicating the nature of their investigation and their desire to question a student or students. If the police or other authorities indicate that the interview cannot wait until after school, the principal will send for the student. The law enforcement agent should interrogate the student without school officials present.



Should a student be taken into custody or removed from the school premises by authorities, the principal must make every effort to notify the student's parents at the earliest possible moment after the removal and by the time the student normally would arrive home on that day, except in situations in which the authorities involved advise against such notification.

Revised 8/12/15

© Neola 2015