PUHSD District Supervisor for Student Discipline, Safety and Security Invited to Speak to the Arizona Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Posted by Community Relations at 9/10/2015

Irene Diaz, the District Supervisor for Student Discipline, Safety and Security was recently invited to speak to the Arizona Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding police community relations. The focus of the Committee was to examine President Obama’s President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report. Diaz’ role was to give her viewpoint on the two topics that were addressed - Crime Reduction and Police Training, particularly as they relate to police interactions with youth.

She proposed there be a separate report that only addresses matters related to children. In addition, she recommended police officers be trained in child development and especially, adolescent development; and recognizing disabilities youth are diagnosed with that may affect their behavior such as ADHD/ADD, Emotional Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities. She also mentioned training in de-escalation skills and diversity.