Over the past 10 years, there has been a drastic increase in the number of police officers patrolling public schools. Since 1995-1996, it is estimated that the number of School Resource Officers in North Carolina schools has risen by over 300%. Given the increased presence of police in schools, it is critical that students (and all people) be prepared for encounters with law enforcement.
YJP has produced a wallet “Know Your Rights” card that outlines 1) an individual’s rights when interacting with law enforcement; 2) general tips for interacting with law enforcement; and 3) what to do if an officer violates your rights. We encourage you to print a card for yourself and distribute cards to any youth you work with or know.
A printable version of the card (with printing instructions) can be found here.