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School cops in Pa. learn new techniques for 'climate change'

The program instructs school police officers on how to identify social, emotional and mental needs of students, and teaches them to direct youth to appropriate services instead of cracking down on them

By Dafney Tales
The Philadelphia Daily News

School police officers play an important role in maintaining a proper climate and student safety, which a pilot program under way in the district hopes to modify and expand.

The concept is simple, but the reward could be great, said Debbie Plotnick, director of advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, sponsor of the program at Martin Luther King High, in West Oak Lane.

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