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Safe and Sound at School

--- Meeting the Challenges of the Modern School Day

All across America, parents send their children off to school in the morning with the expectation that they will be in a safe and secure learning environment for the day. But, in light of recent events, including shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and now Umpqua Community College, that expectation has come into question. Related safety issues such as bullying and gang activity in schools are in the news and in the minds of parents, teachers and administrators. Those dedicated to public safety are recognizing the need to be proactive in preventing violence in schools. The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is joining forces with law enforcement and other first responders to address new training and technology needs.

Federal, state and local jurisdictions are joining forces to find new and innovative ways to keep children and adults safe in school settings. That’s where steps up to the plate. This is a clearinghouse of information and contacts for law enforcement and other public safety officials to prepare, respond and recover as they work to keep schools as safe as possible.

This site provides information on:

  • Government organizations and publications.
  • Professional associations.
  • University research and resources.
  • NIJ services.
  • National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) products and services.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Original articles on success stories.
  • Reposts of news articles from around the country.

Working together, we can make schools safer and communities stronger.

New School Safety Success Stories. Your colleagues continue to meet the challenges of keeping schools safe and we continue to chronicle their ingenuity and successes. Click here to download Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Nation’s Schools Safe! Volume I,  Volume II and the NEW Volume III.

And for more information on NIJ’s efforts to help the criminal justice community address urgent and emerging technology needs, visit JUSTNET, the website of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System. has received a 2014 Communicator Award of Distinction in the Web category and a 2014 APEX Grand Award.

“NLECTC Minutes: School Safety” The Experts Speak Out.

School safety measures take many forms. Law enforcement, schools and the larger community all have a stake in keeping students and staff safe at school. Here are some experts weighing in on technology and techniques that have worked for them, and can work for you.