The Teaching Educating, And Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) School Liaison Program is a school-based “law related” education program taught by specifically trained law enforcement officers. T.E.A.M. is proactive effort to make schools and communities safer, promote responsible citizenship, and encourage positive character traits.
The curriculum at elementary school provides students with a thorough understanding of laws and their responsibility as a citizen to obey laws. T.E.A.M. is flexible and adaptable to virtually all classroom settings. Each lesson is approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length and can be used as a stand alone program for assemblies or special events, or can be instructed in a consecutive sequence. Working together, the police officer, the classroom teacher, and the school official decide when it is most appropriate to incorporate a T.E.A.M. lesson that will assist in classroom instruction.
In 1998, the Michigan Department of State Police, in collaboration with public and private school curriculum experts, developed T.E.A.M. The T.E.A.M. School Liaison Program’s goal is to unite educators, students, and law enforcement to play an integral part in preventing crime. The philosophy is that while working together as a team we can create relationships and be united in protecting children from becoming victims of crime.