You have the right to feel safe and welcome in your school. You also have rights when you come in contact with the police in school.
There are police officers in every single school in New York City. These police can stop, question, search, handcuff, and arrest students and adults. By knowing your rights, you will know what to expect in these situations, and you may be able to tell if the police aren’t following the rules. You can also help your friends and classmates avoid unnecessary trouble.
The rules below apply to all police officers: the NYPD officers you see on the street or in police cars, AND the officers who are in your school. That includes, for example, the person who checks ID cards at the front door, and the people you see at scanning. All of those people are police officers.