A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a written agreement between Centennial School District and local law enforcement. The MOU contains specific mutually-accepted expectations between Centennial School District and Upper Southampton, Warminster and Ivyland Borough Police Departments. It is an agreement to work together toward a common objective. MOUs are less formal than contracts, and typically include fewer details and complexities, but they are more formal than handshake agreements, sometimes called gentlemen's agreements. All sorts of entities use MOUs to create guidelines for each party as they contribute their efforts and resources toward important projects. But ultimately, the reason that parties opt for MOUs is because they are simpler and more flexible than contracts.
The MOUs provide a mutually beneficial framework that both Centennial Schools and
Police Departments can work within to achieve shared goals.