Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum

Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum

Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum Public Comment

Ohio law requires city, local, exempted village and joint vocational school districts and community schools to provide instruction on student interactions with peace officers within at least one course required for high school graduation. The first group of students expected to receive this instruction will be students entering grade 9 for the first time on or after July 1, 2022. Districts and schools determine locally which graduation courses include this instruction and the instructional time needed to provide the instruction established in this model curriculum.  

The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, developed a draft model curriculum for instruction in grades 9-12 on proper interactions with peace officers. The term peace officers is broadly defined to include many types of law enforcement officers. The draft of this model curriculum was developed in collaboration with advisory and working groups consisting of teachers, school administrators, law enforcement, driver education staff, legal rights groups and community members.   

The model curriculum for student interactions with peace officers shall cover the following content:    

  • Proper interactions between peace officers and civilians;   
  • Information on which individuals are peace officers and their duties and responsibilities;   
  • Questioning and detention laws, including any that require proof of identity and consequences for failure to comply with the laws;   
  • A person’s rights during an interaction with a peace officer;   
  • Demonstrations and role-playing in a classroom setting to allow a better understanding of how interactions between officers and civilians can and should unfold.   

The Ohio Department of Education is seeking public comment on the current draft of the Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum until 4 p.m. on April 4. The education community and public are invited to provide suggestions for improving the model curriculum through a public comment survey. All feedback will be reviewed and considered as the next draft of the model curriculum is prepared.   

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Webpages below will be updated as the model curriculum is further developed. 

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Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum Contact Information

Justin Leach 
Social Studies Education Consultant

Linda McKean
Social Studies Education Consultant

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