I reviewed the handout "A Cooperative and Collaborative PIMS Reporting Process between Schools and Law Enforcement" being presented next week at the PIMS User Group meeting. Are the mandate requirements outlined in the handout for Montgomery Co. IU to follow or are they being mandated by the state of Pennsylvania (PIMS).
This is a State mandate found in Title 24 Public School Code 1949 Article XIII-A, Section 1303-A Reporting, Subsection (b.1)
We had an incident that the police coded as "Risking Catastrophe". There is not PIMS Infraction Code for this. We had to label the incident as Terroristic Threat which the Police were ok with.
This is good example of communicating with each other to work through coding differences between the LEA and Law Enforcement
If there is a difference between school and police interpretation of an incident, whose data should be reported
By communicating with each other, (school and police), about that incident a consensus is achieved to accurately report the incident.
Who, at the state, has notified police departments of the need to make school administrators aware of non-school related crime that may be occurring on school property when school and school related activities are not occurring?
I am not sure if there was a specific training or notification that took place to make the police department aware of this communication need. I know there has been local efforts to inform the police departments.
Is there any training available for the principals about the differences between incidents and methods of reporting? As a PIMS staff member I feel responsible for helping with the process of getting the data from start to finish reported correctly however the actual rules for what is reported and what definitions there are for incidents the Principals and staff that actually determine what needs entered should also have a training specifically for this. When we have this training for PIMS I feel that is different than training for the building personnel that makes the decisions on what is an incident, etc.
PDE can provide training (contact Mike Kozup for specifics) localized training can also be provided to those at the various levels of need and understanding. Montgomery County IU has conducted workshops to help in this area. More training at those various levels needs to be accomplished.
When and if your IU has a training with your Officers, Principals, and appropriate people involved in this collection to review the PIMS manual, versus the "Law Enforcement" laws, is it possible to have a video conference and invite all of us to listen?
Yes. We will work towards accomplishing that training and provide accessibility to all.
Can you please clarify: If an incident occurs on the school district's property, but the incident did NOT involve district staff or students.
Title 24 Public School Code 1948 Article XIII-A Section 1303-A subsection (b) identifies incident that must be reported. A part of that section identifies categories of reportable crimes and states” by any person on school property”. An Incident is further defined in the PIMS Manual, Definitions section. The wording is very similar as found in the Public School Code.
Title 24 Public School Code 1948 Article XIII-A Section 1303-A subsection (b) identifies incident that must be reported. A part of that section identifies categories of reportable crimes and states” by any person on school property”. An Incident is further defined in the PIMS Manual, Definitions section. The wording is very similar as found in the Public School Code. If so, does the district have to submit this incident? How would the district know that the incident occurred and get the details they need to submit (if it was only reported to the police department)
The district must report that incident (if it is a reportable incident). The police should be communicating with the school regarding all incidents that occur on school property and providing the needed information for reporting purposes. If it were not communicated to the school it should be identified in the verification process. The police would have a crime on school property in their records but it would be missing on the school report.
Do the State Police or local police report these school incidents and the schools? Is there some comparison done somewhere at PDE?
Police and State Police report all of their crime information into the Uniform Crime Report. School incidents are not separated in their system. Mike Kozup may be able to answer if a comparison is completed by PDE.
Schools have no control over what occurs in the community during non-school hours or when non-school activities are occurring. It seems that things occurring during these times would be community incidents and not school incidents. Why are these being accounted to school safety when it has nothing to do with the safety of the students at the school? Isn't there a community incident report that police must report and why wouldn't these items just be recorded there
Public School Code in its wording is specific about reportable crimes committed by any person on school property. Crimes committed on school property at all times does have an impact on the overall school safety and security environment.
Will an incident occurring on school property (after school hours), that is reported to the school by police, be counted against the school district in PIMS or SPP?
Mike Kozup can best answer this question. If Mike is made aware of these incidents, although still reportable, they will be reviewed regarding the impact on the SPP.
How does PDE recommend we report a sexting incident? What code would PDE expect to see in our report for this type of incident?
We recommend that you speak to your local law enforcement for assistance in clarification in infraction selection. The most likely infractions in this case would be Infraction Code 11 – Indecent Exposure or Infraction Code 12 – Open Lewdness. However if the sexting is used as a form of harassment it could then be Infraction Code 14 – Sexual Harassment
Why do some infractions not have definitions in the PIMS Manual and others seem to have both PDE and Law Enforcement definitions?
The definitions are a merging of both legal definitions as well as an attempt to clarify via a layman definition approach. Not all infractions have a direct correlation to a crime code such as fighting or minor altercation.
Are there any changes in the template for the MOU between districts and local law enforcement?
Not at this time.
So instead of Cyber Bullying, we are to use Cyber Harassment?
This would depend on the specific circumstances of the incident. Please refer to your local law enforcement for clarification. Typically speaking the LLE will issue the Cyber harassment charge. If there is no LLE charge or involvement than it would be a form of bullying.
Where do we submit the additional policies to?
Please send these to email@example.com
Can you share all of the changes that Mike Kozup reviewed with all LEAs?
We have added a new infraction code “51 - Cyber Harassment of a Child” this year. The other change is that within the Discipline Domain we have been tasked to add an additional template collection of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) data which is an annual requirement of 24 PS §14-1423. This was previously accomplished through a submission via an excel file to the School Services Office.
Do we include a 17 year old habitual truant in the count even though they are beyond compulsory age?
Only include the 17 year old truant student count when they are in 12th grade.
We now have an onsite police officer employed by the district. Who is responsible for signing the ACS - our internal officer or the Chief of Police from the external police force?
The only time this can be done is if the officer is a School Resource Officer and his police chief has delegated that responsibility to him/her. If you have a School Police officer, then the ACS must be reviewed and signed by the police chief of your local police department or the PSP troop commander.
A student (kinder) has reached into his shorts and seemingly touched himself in class while sitting at his desk. No other student was involved or witnessed the incident, but the teacher reported it as being sexually inappropriate. Which infraction would that fall under and would it be reported under this collection?
We recommend speaking with your local law enforcement for further clarification but the most likely infraction here would be either Infraction Code #11- Indecent Exposure or Infraction Code #12 – Open Lewdness.
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