How does the program work?

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The principal or the school police officer contacts the PPD school police officer.

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The PPD school police officer comes to the school and reviews the case, talking to any adults involved, including the child’s teacher, counselor, principal, or SDP police officer.

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LOW-LEVEL SUMMARY
OR MISDEMEANOR
DELINQUENT OFFENSE

The PPD school police officer contacts the Diversion Intake Center to determine if the student has a previous delinquency finding or delinquency diversion or is currently under juvenile probation supervision. If the student has a record, he or she is arrested.

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HIGH-LEVEL OFFENSE

The student goes through the arrest process: he or she is handcuffed, taken to police headquarters, fingerprinted, photographed, detained for a maximum of six hours, and assigned a police identification number that stays with the student into adulthood.

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Within 72 hours, a social worker from the City’s Department of Human Services visits the home. The social worker will talk with the caregiver and the student about what may be influencing the student’s behavior.

Some examples may be feeling alienated, bullying, and substance use. Other issues that may impact student’s behavior include food access, stable housing, and family health issues.

In addition, the social worker tries to identify other issues that may be affecting the student’s attitude or behavior. These can include:

 

  • THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT,

    such as access to sufficient food and clothing, stable housing, and sufficient heat and cooling.

  • PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES

    such as family conflicts; social or educational issues that may impact the student’s life at school; or parental issues, like unemployment or legal problems.

  • HEALTH ISSUES

    in the family such as illness or disability.

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With this information, the social worker determines whether a referral for prevention services is appropriate. The social worker explains the terms and conditions of the Police School Diversion Program as well as its value to the student and parent/caregiver. Nonetheless, the program is voluntary. If either the student or the parent/caregiver chooses not to participate, the Philadelphia Police come out to explain the collateral consequences. However, nearly all students and parents/caregivers accept the services.

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If the student and parent/caregiver agree to participate in the program, they are referred to an Intensive Prevention Services provider. The Intensive Prevention Service provider conducts a thorough intake to identify the specific services that are needed. The provider identifies the specific services that could help the student change his or her behavior.

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The Intensive Prevention Services provider assigns a case manager to the youth and family and schedules services. Throughout the process, professionals work together to coordinate assessment and support, as well as follow-up.

 

Over the course of a family’s participation, a social worker visits the home at least twice each month for up to a year and stays in contact with school officials.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL COMPETENCY BUILDING
MENTORING
RECREATION
WORK READY PROGRAMMING
COMMUNITY SERVICE/ENGAGEMENT
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT