COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.
Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the studentâ€™s school district.
Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement agencies and school systems.
Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.
â€śThey gave us the information about the law, but they didnâ€™t give us the process to get things done,â€ť Indiana State Police Sergeant Aaron Cook said. â€śThis first year is probably going to be an eye-opener for a lot of people. Since they did not spell out a mechanism for us to convey this information, thereâ€™s a lot of room for it to fall through the cracks.â€ť
Cook said if a student is arrested in the early morning or weekends, it could be difficult for the arresting officer to get information to the schools within the 48-hour timeframe.
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