Title 16

Chapter 21.5
Student Interrogations

R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21.5-1

§ 16-21.5-1. Legislative intent.

(a) Community policing and the presence of school resource officers on school campuses serve a vital role fostering a safe learning environment for pupils, faculty and staff.

(b) In order to enable school resource officers to more effectively fulfill this role, it is the intent of the legislature to encourage them to form positive relationships with both parents and pupils who are part of the school community.

(c) It is also vitally important that parents be given meaningful opportunity to be active and informed participants in situations involving interaction with school resource officers or other members of the law enforcement community in the school setting.

(d) In furtherance of this objective, it is the intent of the legislature to increase the level of participation of parents when their minor children are being questioned by law enforcement in school or at a school-sponsored activity.

History of Section.
P.L. 2005, ch. 409, § 1.