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Evidence-Based Practices Brief #4

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS •As compared to school population demographics in each respective county, American Indian/Alaskan Native youth in Sheridan county and Hispanic youth in Howard county were disproportionately contacted. A large proportion of race/ethnicity data was missing in Dakota county. • Younger youth and youth without a previous law violation were less likely to have a punitive discharge (i.e., expulsion, citation, referral to probation) from SROs; youth from Howard county were more likely to have a punitive discharge than youth in Dakota and Sheridan. • SROs reported that most interactions with students were positive and that there was a general sense of school safety and positive school climates. Though the majority of interactions were perceived to be positive, older students and parents were more likely to express negative views of police to SROs.