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This resource list provides access to a number of organizations, some of them for-profit in nature, that offer services related to school safety in the key areas of Prepare, Respond and Recover, as well as links to recent publications in those areas. Professional associations and federal agencies that provide overarching services in one or more of those areas are listed in separate sections, as are relevant products from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System and articles published in its award-winning newsletter, TechBeat.

This resources section should not be considered all inclusive; you may locate others, particularly those specific to your state or local area, by using a search engine. If you need additional assistance with locating resources, contact NLECTC at (800) 248-2742 or email [email protected]

Because the content and organization of websites change often, the URLs listed for organizations usually take users to a home page. Publication links lead to the listed publications, but please remember that Web addresses change frequently. If a listed address no longer works, try locating the resource by using a search engine.

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) targets colleges, universities, campus law enforcement professionals and municipal law enforcement professionals. IACLEA advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy and professional development. http://www.iaclea.org
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police is a nonprofit professional association that offers training, information resources, mentoring, conferences, assessment tools and more on topics that include school safety and active threat response. http://www.iacp.org
  • National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is a nonprofit organization that offers basic and advanced training for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security/safety professionals, and specialized training in legal issues affecting school safety. http://www.nasro.org
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) includes information on school safety on its site. http://www.nasponline.org/
  • National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials (NASSLEO) promotes appropriate legislation on school violence and the safe school environment, offers safety and security planning and training, and provides school districts and the public with accurate, authoritative information on issues relating to school-based crime and violence. NASSLEO members include school resource officers and police officers, school security officers and school security consultants. http://www.nassleo.org
  • National Tactical Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association that provides training and information resources on topics that include school violence, emergency tactical medical response, crisis response and hostage negotiation. http://www.ntoa.org
  • School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC) advocates public policy in legislative and regulatory arenas, and works to promote safe and secure school and community environments. http://www.schoolsafety911.org/mission.html

Federal Government Agencies

  • The FBI, through its Critical Response Group, offers an extensive amount of resources for both law enforcement and the public that relate to handling active shooter incidents, including access to training, publications and services offered by other agencies. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/active-shooter-and-mass-casualty-incidents
  • National Center for Campus Public Safety, a program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, serves as a "one-stop shop" for campus public safety agencies. It promotes innovative practices specific to campus public safety efforts and develops comprehensive responses, resources and strategies, drawing from the latest research, data and best practices on school safety and security. www.bja.gov.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a resource provided by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and other U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) agencies, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). NCJRS has a large variety of research information, including materials on school safety and other issues relevant to the criminal justice community. http://www.ncjrs.org
  • National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System, funded by NIJ, works directly with federal, state and local government agencies; community leaders; and scientists to foster technological innovations that result in new products, services, systems and strategies for the nation’s criminal justice professionals. http://www.justnet.org
  • National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), a program of the U.S. Secret Service, provides threat assessment leadership and guidance. http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac.shtml
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is a unique federal grant-making program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among the nation’s youth, schools and communities. http://www.sshs.samhsa.gov/
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program is the federal government’s vehicle for reducing school violence as well as drug, alcohol and tobacco use through education and prevention activities. http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS/index.html
  • U.S. Department of Education/Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention School Discipline Guidance Package, released in January 2014, helps states, districts and schools develop practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. Even though incidents of school violence have decreased overall, too many schools are still struggling to create positive, safe environments.This resource package, which includes A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline,  Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources, and  Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations, can be downloaded from http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/index.html.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, includes the Safe and Supportive Schools Group, the Healthy Students Group and the Center for Schools Preparedness. Learn more about its many projects at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/aboutus.html
  • U.S. Department of Education, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, supports schools, school districts and institutions of higher education in school emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive all-hazards emergency management plans.
    http://rems.ed.gov/Display.aspx?page=homepage
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency offers several free online courses related to school safety. These courses address such topics as introducing educators to the incident command system, multihazard planning and preparing for mass casualty incidents. Visit http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) School Safety enhances school safety by offering funding, training and resources for efforts such as providing money for emergency preparedness, training school bus drivers in security and hardening school buildings’ vulnerability. http://www.dhs.gov/school-safety
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), offers grants and programs that serve the needs of SROs and school safety programs. http://www.cops.usdoj.gov
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) offers grants, funding and resources for school safety programs and SROs. http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org
  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) provides publications, resources and grant information on school safety and related issues. http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

State Agencies

State Agencies

ALABAMA

School Safety – Department of Education
(334) 242-8165

Contacts:
Tom Mock, [email protected]
Jim Toney, [email protected]
Fran Stewart, [email protected]
Dr. Erika Butler, [email protected]
The Prevention and Support Services section is also responsible for the implementation of the School Safety and Discipline sections of the Code of Alabama (1975), §§ 16-6B-5 through §16-6B-7 of the Alabama Accountability Act of 1995, which includes school safety and discipline as one of three areas of possible intervention by the state Superintendent of Education.

ALASKA

Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development
801 West 10th St., Ste. 200
PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
(907) 465-2800
http://www.eed.alaska.gov/tls/schoolsafety

Todd Brocious
Education Specialist  
[email protected]    
(907) 465-2887

It is the policy of this state that the purpose of education is to help ensure that all students will succeed in their education and work, shape worthwhile and satisfying lives for themselves, exemplify the best values of society, and be effective in improving the character and quality of the world about them

ARIZONA

Arizona Department of Education
School Safety & Prevention
http://www.ade.az.gov/sa/health/default.asp

Davidson Riggs
1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin 29
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-8730
[email protected]

The School Safety Program is a state-funded grant program that places school resource officers (SROs) and/or juvenile probation officers (JPOs) in selected schools to contribute to safer school environments that are conducive to teaching and learning. School Safety Program officers maintain a visible presence on campus, deter delinquent and violent behavior, serve as an available resource to the school community and provide students and staff with law-related education (LRE) instruction and training.

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Safe Schools Association
c/o Criminal Justice Institute
26 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
http://www.arkansassafeschools.org/

Vicki French
Safe Schools Coordinator
[email protected]

The Arkansas Safe Schools Association is a statewide, nonprofit organization consisting of school resource officers, school safety personnel, school administrators and others dedicated to protecting our children and helping our schools maintain a safe and orderly climate, thereby creating a positive learning environment. Our goal is to provide consistent, up-to-date, affordable, quality training that is available to all law enforcement agencies and school districts across the state. This training, along with a communication network of school safety professionals, will make Arkansas schools a safer place to learn.

CALIFORNIA

California Department of Education, Office of Learning Support
Office of Safe Schools
P.O. Box 944272
1430 N St.
Sacramento, CA 94244-2720
Phone: (916) 323-2183
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/vp/index.asp

Louise Chiatovich
Safe Schools and Violence Prevention
Phone: (916) 319-0914
Fax: (916) 319-0218

Tom Herman, Administrator
[email protected]
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/cs/contacts.asp
COLORADO
Colorado School Safety Resource Center
690 Kipling St., Ste. 2300
Denver, CO 80215 
Phone: (303) 239-4435
Fax (303) 239-4510
[email protected]

Christine R. Harms, M.S., Director
Phone: (303) 239-4534

CSSRC provides free consultation, resources, training and technical assistance to foster safe and secure learning environments, positive school climates and early intervention to prevent crisis situations. We support schools and local agencies in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and crisis situations. Information and resources from the CSSRC are available to all schools, school officials and community partners throughout Colorado.

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut School Safety Infrastructure Council
Department of Administrative Services
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-5100

Donald J. DeFronzo, Commissioner
[email protected]

Schools districts review and where possible, implement SSIC Standards established in a February 2014 report during the school design process.

DELAWARE

Delaware Department of Education
School Climate & Discipline
401 Federal St., Ste. 2
Dover, DE 19901-3639
Phone: (302) 735-4060
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/Students_family/climate/default.shtml

John R. Sadowski, Program Manager
Phone: (302) 735-4060
[email protected]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Office of School Security
1200 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5885
http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Beyond+the+Classroom/School+Safety

The Office of School Security works with other agencies to make sure that schools provide a physically safe environment for learning. Their goal is to prevent criminal activity in and around schools, to investigate incidents, and to coordinate an effective response to serious misbehavior or crime.

FLORIDA

Florida Department of Education
Office of Safe Schools
325 W. Gaines St., Rm. 554
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-0416
Fax: (850) 245-9978

Brooks Rumenik
[email protected]

The Office of Safe Schools serves to promote and support safe learning environments by addressing issues of student safety and academic success on state, district and school levels. Schools implement school safety measures, drug prevention programs and a positive school climate that promotes caring relationships, either directly or indirectly facilitating rising student academic achievement.

GEORGIA

Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3976
30302-3990
Phone: (404) 413-8482
http://schoolsafety.education.gsu.edu/

Dr. Kristen Varjas
[email protected]

The Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management is focused on both research and outreach/service projects involving school safety, school violence prevention, school climate, classroom management and related issues. Current areas of research include prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

GUAM

Guam Homeland Security
Office of Civil Defense
School Safety and Terrorism Program
221B Chalan Palasyo
Agana Heights, Guam 96910
(671) 475-9600
http://ghs.guam.gov/school-safety

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense currently has a School Safety and Terrorism Program that includes partnerships with other agencies such as Guam Department of Education, Guam Fire Department and the Guam Police Department.

Goals and objectives include training, exercise and drills for school personnel, awareness and education through presentations and dissemination of information, and evaluation and assessment of all school emergency plans and response capabilities.

HAWAII

Hawaii Department of Education
Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Branch
Phone: (808) 586-3232
http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/SafeSchools/Pages/home.aspx
http://obs.k12.hi.us/oms.nsf/pages/SSEP

Donalyn Dela Cruz
[email protected]

The Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch is responsible for the security of department campuses. Our schools and state offices are secured as best as possible to prevent theft, vandalism, trespassing and acts of violence, but we know we can always do better. Annual training is provided for all security personnel with continued research into security best practices and the latest technology.

IDAHO

Idaho Department of Education
Safe and Drug Free Schools
650 W. State St.
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027
Phone: (800) 432-4601
http://www.sde.idaho.gov/sdfs

Matt McCarter
Director of Student Engagement and Post-secondary Readiness
Phone: (208) 332-6961
[email protected]

ILLINOIS

Schools/Campus - School Safety Information Sharing Program
Illinois State Police
801 S. Seventh St.
Springfield, IL 62703
[email protected]

Mia Langheim
School Intelligence Officer
Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center Office
Phone: (217) 58-2661
[email protected]
[email protected]

INDIANA

Indiana Department of Education
School Safety
South Tower, Ste. 600
115 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://www.doe.in.gov/safety

David Woodward
Safety Academy Program Coordinator
Phone: (317) 232-6975
[email protected]

Richard Hogue, Liaison Indiana State Police
[email protected]
IOWA
Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management
7105 NW 70th Ave.
Camp Dodge, Bldg. W-4
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 725-3231
http://homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/programs/school_safety.html

Dave Johnston
Phone: (515) 725-3295
[email protected]

School districts and individual schools are responsible not only for the education of their students, but also for their safety. Not only do school staff need to know what to do in case of a fire or severe weather, they also need to know what to do in the event of suspicious packages, bomb threats, hazardous materials accidents, shooting incidents, hostage situations and assaults. The goal of the Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management is to make sure that every school in Iowa has a plan.

KANSAS

Kansas Safe Schools Resource Center (KSSRC)
Kansas State Department of Education
Career, Standards, and Assessments
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Ave., Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612
www.ksde.org

Kent Reed
School Counseling Consultant
School Climate and Culture Project Director
Kansas State Department of Education
Career, Standards, and Assessments
Phone: (785) 296-8109

KSSRC believes that Kansas schools should provide physically safe and emotionally secure learning environments for all students and staff. KSSRC will help guide you to resources related to the following:
• Designing safe schools.
• Bullying prevention.
• Data resources.

Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools
Kansas Adjutant General’s Office
Division of Emergency Management
2800 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66611
http://www.kansastag.gov/kdem.asp?PageID=191
Sharon L. Watson
Director of Public Affairs
[email protected]

The Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools is a collaborative office that assists school districts in fulfilling their mission of providing a safe and prepared learning environment for students and staff. Recognizing not all schools are equally prepared, resource equipped or trained to respond to school emergencies, KC-SPS is available to bridge those gaps and help find solutions.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Center for School Safety
Eastern Kentucky University
http://kycss.org/index2.php

Jon Akers
Executive Director
521 Lancaster Ave., 105 Stratton Bldg.
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (877) 805-4277
[email protected]

In today’s society, school safety is a daily issue that ranges from classroom management to school incident command for crisis situations. The Kentucky Center for School Safety staff is committed to providing training, resources, information and research.

LOUISANA

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Response
635 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: (225) 925-7500
http://www.gohsep.la.gov/default.aspx

Mike Steele
Communications Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: (225) 925-3966
Cell: (225) 788-0095
[email protected]
www.gohsep.la.gov

This office collaborates with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Department of Health and Hospitals, Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and also serves as the grant administrator for Homeland Security grants.


Louisiana Department of Education: Louisiana Believes
Consolidated Support Resources
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Terri Byrd
Phone: (225) 342-7493
[email protected]

MAINE

Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Phone: (207) 624-6600
http://www.maine.gov/doe/security

Pat Hinckley
Transportation & Facilities Administrator
Phone: (207) 624-6886
[email protected]

All students in Maine deserve to have a safe environment in which they can learn. The Maine Department of Education school security team provides information to schools and works with the legislature to ensure that schools are prepared for all types of emergencies. School security is about leadership, planning and practice to mitigate, respond to and recover from a critical incident. The School Security site, on the other hand, deals with all types of emergency preparedness.

MARYLAND

Maryland Center for School Safety
Maryland Coordination & Analysis Center
7125 Ambassador Road, Ste. 130
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone: (301) 370-3497
http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/25ind/html/66schoolsaf.html

Edward A. Clarke
Executive Director
Phone: (301) 370-3497
[email protected]

The Maryland Center for School Safety collaborates with local school systems, law enforcement agencies, state and local government, community organizations, parents, and other groups to provide a coordinated and comprehensive policy for school safety in Maryland. With those partners, the Center disseminates information on best practices, programs and resources; provides technical assistance and training; collects, analyzes and integrates statewide data; and promotes interagency efforts to ensure safe schools.

Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland Emergency Planning and School Safety
Student Services & Strategic Planning Branch
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-0311
http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/studentschoolsvcs/student_services_alt/ep.htm

Richard Scott
Coordinated Student Services Team Leader
Specialist, School Counseling
Phone: (410) 767-0288
[email protected]

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Phone: (781) 338-3000
http://www.doe.mass.edu

Anne L. Gilligan, M.P.H.
Phone: (781) 338-6309
[email protected]

Providing a safe and healthy learning environment is key to helping students develop essential skills and knowledge necessary for college and career readiness. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education works with school districts and communities to help build safe and healthy learning environments for all students.

MINNESOTA

Minnesota School Safety Center
Homeland Security and Emergency Management
A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
445 Minnesota St., Ste. 223
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 201-7400
[email protected]

Julie Anderson, External Affairs Coordinator
(651) 201-7576
[email protected]

The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) serves as an essential school safety resource to schools, law enforcement, emergency responders and community partners by providing information, guidance, training and technical assistance for all-hazard safety planning for schools.

The MnSSC works to guide school districts in developing and enhancing emergency plans, assist in the development of all hazard safety plans for schools and coordinate preparedness activities including prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery with federal, state and local partners.

Minnesota Department of Education Safe Schools
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 582 8200
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/SafeSch/index.html

The Minnesota Department of Education works through partnerships to ensure that students have safe school climates in which to learn, and that schools and communities have the information and resources they need to create and maintain safe schools that nurture healthy development.

School climate includes an expectation that all students and staff are treated with respect, caring connections are established between all students and adults in the building, and students share concerns about school safety, and that adults will take those concerns seriously.

Each Minnesota school district must adopt a district crisis management policy. The policy must include an individual district's plan to respond to potential crisis situations such as natural disasters, hazardous materials, weapons in schools, etc. The policy should include contact persons and their phone numbers, and be reviewed by school personnel in each building.

MONTANA

Montana Safe Schools Center
University of Montana
Institute for Educational Research and Service
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-5344

Matt Taylor, Director
[email protected]
www.montanasafeschools.org/iers.umt.edu

The Montana Safe Schools Center serves as a research, training and technical assistance center to schools across the United States on key components of safe and supportive schools, including comprehensive emergency management plans and safety assessments, mental health recovery/psychological first aid, bullying and suicide prevention, positive behavioral supports and childhood/secondary trauma mitigation.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Department of Education
Division of Safe and Orderly Schools
P.O. Box 771
359 N. West St.
Jackson, MS 39205
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/safe-and-orderly-schools

Robert Laird
Director, Division of School Safety
[email protected]
The Office of Safe and Orderly Schools has designed its guidelines and policies to assist those who are responsible for the health and safety of students and staff while they are at school, on school grounds, on their way to or from school and involved in school-sponsored activities. The divisions that comprise the Office of Safe and Orderly Schools continue to stress the importance of successful, communitywide partnerships in the development of procedures and policies that most effectively support the operation and maintenance of healthy, safe, orderly and disciplined school environments.
MISSOURI
Missouri Center for Education Safety
200 Madison St., Ste. 320
Jefferson City, MO 65101
http://moces.org/

Paul Fennewald
Director
Phone: (573) 638-7501
[email protected]

Gary Moore
Homeland Security Representative
Phone: (573) 638-7501, ext. 415
The Center for Education Safety (CES) is an innovative, public-private partnership of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri Office of Homeland Security and the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA). Located at the MSBA Communications Center in Jefferson City — Missouri’s capital — CES is dedicated to enhancing various aspects of emergency planning, preparedness, and safety and security in public and nonpublic education—pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary. The services provided by the CES fall into three categories—Leadership, Information Resource, and Technical Assistance and Training.

Department of Public Safety
Office of Homeland Security

1101 Riverside Drive
Lewis and Clark Building, Fourth Floor West
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102
[email protected]
 

Chris Pickering
Homeland Security Coordinator
Phone: (573) 522-3007
Fax: (573) 751-5399

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-2295
http://www.education.ne.gov

Mary Ann Losh
Administrator
Phone: (402) 471-2295
[email protected]

The Nebraska Department of Education provides informational resources and support to increase the safety and security of Nebraska schools.

NEVADA

Nevada Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security
http://dem.nv.gov/home/DEM_Home

Paul Burke
Preparedness Section Supervisor, Search and Rescue Coordinator
Phone: (775) 687-0423
[email protected]

The Nevada Department of Public Safety coordinates efforts to protect lives and property, and to prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate all threats, hazards and emergencies.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301-3860
Phone: (603) 271-3494

Lori Temple
Public Information Office
Phone: (603) 271-6646
[email protected]
http://www.education.nh.gov/safety.htm

The Department of Education offers a wide variety of programs and services in support of New Hampshire’s students, teachers, educators, administrators, families and community members.

New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Management
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Phone: (603) 271-2231 or (800) 852-3792
[email protected]
http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/Planning/planningschools.html

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Department of Education
c/o NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness
P.O. Box 091
Trenton. NJ 08691
Phone: (609) 631-4531
[email protected]
http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security/

Deborah Bleisnick
Office of the Chief of Staff
Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning
New Jersey Department of Education
Phone: (609) 584-4805
[email protected]

OSPEP protects the health, safety and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey’s schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and by increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crises. The unit provides support to schools to assist them with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning (prevention, preparedness, response and recovery). To achieve these goals, OSPEP operates in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Safer Schools for a Better Tomorrow
http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security/task/

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Public Education Department
School and Family Support Bureau
120 S. Federal Place, Rm. 206
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 827-1804
5600 Eagle Rock Ave., Room 201
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Kristine Meurer, Ph.D.
Director
5600 Eagle Rock Ave., Rm. 201
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Phone: (505) 222-4748
[email protected]
http://www.ped.state.nm.us/schoolfamilysupport/

NEW YORK

New York State Center for School Safety
175 Route 32 North
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-8989
[email protected]
http://nyscenterforschoolsafety.org/

The New York State Center for School Safety (NYSCSS) is a government agency that provides technical assistance and training to schools, students, families, communities and government organizations throughout New York State. The NYSCSS and its diverse staff are committed to providing research-driven, data-based solutions to school violence and the implementation of policy as directed by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Office of the governor. The Center has been actively involved in assisting with guidance for school safety planning. The NYSCSS is, and has been, an important collaborator in statewide initiatives for school safety and a valuable resource to school districts.

New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education
New York State Education Department
P. O. Box 7346
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-3852

The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth. The information on this page provides safety resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. It also provides a guidance document for the completion of school safety plans. The information is especially useful for school administrators and others concerned about school safety.

New York State Safe Schools Initiative
http://safeschools.ny.gov/

The mission of the New York State Safe Schools Initiative is to help schools across the state implement effective school safety strategies and plans to enhance emergency preparedness. The state is also committed to assisting schools by educating them on valuable ways to foster good communication between school staff, students and law enforcement agencies. The strategies and plans as well as the cooperative relationships will allow schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our school students, creating environments where students can learn, grow and thrive.

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
North Carolina Center for Safer Schools
3010 Hammond Business Place, Bdg 1
Raleigh, NC 27630
https://www.ncdps.gov/index2.cfm?a=000003,002476,002689
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/schoolsafety/resources/

Kym Martin
Executive Director
Phone: (919) 436-3099 
Toll-free: (855) 819-8381
[email protected]

The Center for Safer Schools, housed in the Department of Public Safety, serves as the state’s primary point of contact on issues dealing with school safety and the prevention of youth violence. The Center for Safer Schools provides a one-stop shop for school safety information and customer services to schools, law enforcement, youth-serving agencies, juvenile justice officials, community leaders, policymakers, parents and students.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 N. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 807-3300
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/schoolsafety

Ken Gattis
School Safety Coordinator
[email protected]

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Safe and Healthy Schools
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440
(701) 328-2260
http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/health/index.shtm

The vision of Safe and Healthy Schools is that all students achieve their maximum education and social potential in a healthy and safe school and community environment. Its mission is to promote academic achievement and improved life skills for all students by working through partnerships to ensure all students are safe with the skills to be healthy, resourceful and engaged in learning. Families, schools and communities support students to have the information needed to nurture their healthy development.

OHIO

Ohio Department of Education

School Safety and Safety Plans
25 South Front St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(877) 644-6338
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/School-Safety

In 2013, the Center for P-20 Safety and Security was formed as a collaborative effort between the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education to create safe and supportive learning environments and respond to violence and its causes in educational settings throughout Ohio. Center personnel focus on school climate, safety, security and emergency management concerns in the K-12 and higher education environments, providing guidance and direction to promote physically safe and emotionally secure environments for students, educators, and staff.

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security
Oklahoma School Safety Institute
P.O. Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136
https://www.ok.gov/schoolsecurity/

Kim Carter, Director
Phone: (405) 425-7299
[email protected]

Jennifer Newell, Program Director
Phone: (405) 425-7299
[email protected]

Acting under direction of the state legislature, the Department of Homeland Security formed the School Safety Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to develop school safety and violence prevention training programs and to encourage the implementation of school security pre-plans and strategies to prevent and mitigate violent incidents in schools within Oklahoma.

OREGON

Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition
P.O. Box 80604
Portland, OR 97280
(503) 954-4865
http://www.oregonsafeschools.org/

Our work supports community efforts to reduce youth suicide and other risk behaviors in the often hidden and historically underserved gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth population. Although the primary focus of OSSCC is sexual orientation and gender identity issues, we recognize the harm caused by harassment, violence and discrimination of any kind.

The OSSCC seeks a large and diverse coalition membership in order to build the kind of statewide visibility and support needed to achieve its mission. OSSCC members represent a broad cross-section of public and private organizations in Oregon. Membership is open to any organization, school district, agency, faith community, business or individual that supports the mission of the Coalition. We strive to collaborate with all organizations and individuals working for a safe and equitable society.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Safe Schools Office
333 Market St., Fifth Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 705-0353
www.education.state.pa.us

Michael J. Kozup, Director
[email protected]

The Safe Schools Office coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of antiviolence efforts and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence. The office supports and provides technical assistance and professional development programs in the following areas and security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention and social/emotional wellness..

Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 763-1661
www.Center-School.org

Lynn Cromley, Director
(717) 763-1661, ext. 111
[email protected]

Since 1988, the Center for Schools and Communities has been committed to improving outcomes for children and families through training, technical assistance, program evaluation, research and resource development. The Center’s work focuses on prevention and intervention initiatives operated by schools, organizations and agencies serving children, youth and families.

Center for Schools and Communities’ staff has diverse backgrounds in education, human services, community development and the law, as well as specialized skills and experience in program development and design, evaluation, training and resource development. This combination of education and experience has enabled the Center to provide customized technical assistance to support the development of innovative programs in schools and communities.

RHODE ISLAND
                                           
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Rhode Island School Safety Program
645 New London Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 946-9996
http://www.riema.ri.gov/preparedness/schoolsafety/

Stephen Conard, MPA
All-Hazard Planner
School & Campus Safety Coordinator
Phone: (401) 462-7102
[email protected]

The Rhode Island School Safety Program works to coordinate emergency planning, develop standardized safety guidelines, and promote preparedness tips and situational awareness for any type of disaster or emergency that might occur in a Rhode Island school. RIEMA works closely with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island State Police, as well as other state and local safety officials, to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students.

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Center for Safe Schools
South Carolina Department of Education

1429 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8101
Fax: (803) 734-4458
ed.sc.gov/agency/offices/ssys/safe_schools/sccss/

South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers
P.O. Box 29229
President: Alyssa Bodison

SCASRO promotes and facilitates training and communication between school resource officers, school district personnel and community organizations. It serves as a resource for officers and educators who dedicate themselves to providing a safe and nurturing environment for students and staff within communities.

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Department of Education
Safe, Drug and Gun Free Schools
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3134
http://doe.sd.gov/ofm/sdgf.aspx

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Center for School Safety, Tennessee Department of Education
Tennessee School Safety Center
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, Seventh Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-3248
Fax: (615) 532-6638
http://tennessee.gov/education/safe_schls/safety_cntr/index.shtml

Mike Herrmann
Director
Pat Conner
Associate Executive Director
Phone: (615) 741-3248
The Center for School Safety assists schools and local communities in establishing safe and disciplined learning environments. Center activities include training and technical assistance, grants administration and data collection.

TEXAS

Texas School Safety Center
Texas State University - San Marcos

http://txssc.txstate.edu/

350 N. Guadalupe, Ste. 140, PMB 164
San Marcos, TX 78666
Toll-free: (877) 304-2727
Phone: (512) 245.8082 
http://forms.txasschoolsafetycenter.com/contact/us/

Dr. Victoria L. Calder, Director
[email protected]

TxSSC is an official university-level research center at Texas State University, a member of the Texas State University System. TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code with key school safety initiatives and mandates that include planning, training and drilling, as well as being included in the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan. Toward this aim, TxSSC serves as the central location for the dissemination of safety and security information, including research, training and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout Texas. Specifically, the Center provides universal and regional services to students, educators, administrators, campus-based law enforcement, community organizations, state agencies and colleges/universities in an effort to increase safety and security in Texas schools. In addition, TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training and enforcement initiatives.

UTAH

Be Ready Utah
Division of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 141710
1110 State Office Bldg.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1710
(801) 538-3400
[email protected]
http://beready.utah.gov/beready/school/

Ty Bailey, Division Director
[email protected]

Be Ready Utah offers a planning guide, an emergency checklist, emergency planning kit and other materials to assist schools with emergency planning.

VERMONT

Vermont Agency of Education
219 North Main St., Ste. 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030
http://education.vermont.gov/safe-schools

Charles Johnson, Safe Schools Consultant
[email protected]
(802) 479-1336

Passed by the Legislature in 2000, Act 113 (the Safe Schools Bill), addresses the importance of providing safe and healthy learning environments for all Vermont students. Among its many provisions, the law clarifies disciplinary procedures in cases in which a student’s misconduct directly harms the welfare of a school. It also strengthens criminal laws regarding possession of weapons on school property or buses, and directs the Secretary of Education to develop teacher training programs that address disruptive student behavior.

Act 120, also passed in 2000, focuses on school hazing and harassment policies and created a school quality standard that evaluates schools on their ability to provide safe, civil, orderly and positive learning environments. Per Act 129 of 2012, the Secretary of Education established an advisory council to provide advice and recommendations on harassment, hazing and bullying prevention strategies and resources, and to coordinate statewide activities related to the prevention of and response to harassment, hazing and bullying.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank St.
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-4000
http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/vcscs

Donna Michaelis, Manager, School and Campus Safety
(804) 371-6506

Shellie MacKenzie, School and Campus Safety Training Coordinator
(804) 225-1863

The Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), located within the DCJS Division of Law Enforcement, reflects Virginia’s commitment to providing safe and productive learning environments for all students and staff in our schools today. The VCSCS is a resource and training center for information and research about national and statewide school safety efforts and initiatives.

Department of Education
Safety & Crisis Management
Division & School Safety
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/safety_crisis_management/school_safety/index.shtml

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety collaborate to collect, analyze and disseminate data that can be used to update and improve EOP. Additionally, professional development and technical assistance opportunities, publications, and other resources are provided to assist school divisions and communities in sustaining safe school environments.

WASHINGTON

School Safety Center
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
(360) 725-6000
https://www.k12.wa.us/safetycenter/

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington State. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

Washington School Safety Organization
P.O. Box 127
Stanwood, WA 98292
http://www.wsso.us/index.html

WSSO is an organization comprised of school administrators, school security officers, DARE Officers, GREAT Officers and school resource Officers. It’s goal is to unite law enforcement, security professionals and educators to develop effective community partnerships. With a strong network of experts who share this goal, and through advanced specialized training, WSSO can ensure the safety of our schools, students and staff.

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
School Safety Project
School Safety & Vulnerability Project
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-5380
http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/schools/Pages/default.aspx

Public schools in West Virginia are becoming safer and more secure as school districts across the nation strive to protect children in the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut. While West Virginia has worked diligently to improve school safety since the law’s passage six years ago, the deaths of 20 elementary students and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012 have many re-examining school safety. Much of the fund money spent to date in West Virginia has paid for various safety measures, including keyless entries, locking mechanisms on doors and the numbering of rooms. In addition to digital mapping, all new schools will have panic buttons that when pushed lock down the building and dial 911.

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA)
5821 S. 19th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221-5008
http://www.wssca.org

Peter Pochowski
Executive Director
Phone: (414) 559-7487
[email protected]

WSSCA, founded in 1968, is an association of professionals dedicated to the task of improving security, safety and health in Wisconsin schools. WSSCA is a nonprofit and non-government organization that includes administrators, supervisors, teachers, building and grounds personnel, health and nursing personnel, safety coordinators, security coordinators, school resource officers and school districts, as well as private/public businesses through district, corporate and student memberships. The business of the association is conducted by a 13-member board with an executive director. This group is further guided by several technical advisors with professional backgrounds in a variety of school safety and security-related fields.

WYOMING

Wyoming Office of Homeland Security
School Safety and Security Task Force
5500 Bishop Blvd., East Door
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-4663
http://wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us/school-safety.aspx#

Schools are faced with ongoing challenges for a much broader range of emergency situations. Districts, schools and law enforcement must have a comprehensive, cooperative plan that outlines response, not only to severe weather and natural disasters, chemical accidents and medical emergencies, but also to campus violence or active shooter threats.

The health and welfare of students and school staff in crisis situations is dependent on sound emergency preparedness. It is important that schools and first responders be aware of potential threats and be prepared to manage them should they occur. Acting to address these issues, Governor Matt Mead established a task force to study and provide insight on the status of school safety and security in Wyoming schools.

Wyoming Department of Education
Student & Facilities Safety
2300 Capitol Ave.
Hathaway Building, Second Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-2060
(307) 777-7690
http://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/health-safety/facilities-safety/

Bruce Hayes, Education Consultant - School Safety
(307) 777-6198
[email protected]

The Wyoming Department of Education provides technical assistance to schools on matters including, but not limited to, safety systems, security, bullying, pesticides, indoor air quality, terrorism, mold, playgrounds and areas hazardous materials. The department administers and writes applicable contracts for the state’s anonymous tip line, and is currently handling the transition of the federal Title IV funds from a formula program to a competitive format. It also facilitates legislation on anti-bullying efforts and coordinates closely with the State Office of Homeland Security and other agencies to create safer schools via the School Safety Committee. The department conducts statewide school safety workshops, edits and updates the legislatively required “Wyoming School Facilities Hazardous Materials Guidelines,” and researches and provides relevant material on the school safety section of the K-12 website.

NIJ/NLECTC Products

  • Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in U.S. Schools (1999). Produced by NIJ, this guide will help school administrators and their colleagues in law enforcement analyze a school's vulnerabilities. http://www.nij.gov/pubs-sum/178265.htm
  • ASTRO – Active Shooter Training for the Responding Officer, produced by NIJ, is a Windows-based simulation tool that allows a law enforcement officer to be immersed in active shooter scenarios. The law enforcement officer must make decisions and act on those decisions to bring an end to the threat. http://srtbrc.org/downloads/
  • It Can Happen Here (2009), produced by the NIJ Weapons and Protective Systems Technology Center of Excellence, is a documentary designed to inform and compel audiences of school safety stakeholders to prepare for man-made and natural emergencies. This video also provides resources needed to develop a new school safety plan, and to assess and improve existing plans through relationship building and technology. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u32GH3-w4IU
  • Triple Play School Safety Combo. This CD-ROM from the NLECTC System contains “A Critical Incident: What to Do in the First 20 Minutes,” a 25-minute video produced by the North Carolina Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Center for the Prevention of School Violence; “School Crime Operations Package (School COP),” a software application for entering, analyzing and mapping incidents that occur in and around schools; and “School Critical Incident Planning – Generator (SCIP-G),” a tool that provides step-by-step guidance for creating a plan, using the most widely accepted law enforcement practices and procedures as the foundation. http://srtbrc.org/downloads/

TechBeat Articles

  • "Commanding the Incident" (Winter 2007). Incident Commander is a PC-based software simulation that models real-world situations within a community, allowing for training at the management level during a critical incident. https://www.justnet.org/pdf/CommandingtheIncident.pdf
  • "Early Warning for Campus Emergencies" (Winter 2009). The THOR-8L, a new long-range directed acoustic device developed at Penn State University, can be heard, clearly and distinctly, three-quarters of a mile away from the broadcast site. https://www.justnet.org/pdf/EarlyWarning.pdf
  • "Managing Gangs in Schools" (Winter 2012). Gang activity in the United States is unlimited in its reach. It cuts across urban, suburban and rural jurisdictions and filters into schools. https://www.justnet.org/InteractiveTechBeat/winter_2012/ManagingGangsinSchools.pdf
  • "Popular Video Educates on School Safety" (Summer 2011). According to the co-producers of It Can Happen Here, this documentary puts a face on school safety by informing and encouraging stakeholders in school safety to prepare for emergencies. https://www.justnet.org/InteractiveTechBeat/summer_2011/PopularVideoEducatesonSchoolSafety.pdf (See also entry for It Can Happen Here under Publications.)
  • "Proactive Planning for Active Shooter Situations" (Spring 2011). This article describes how a Pennsylvania police department has crafted a program to educate community organizations such as schools and hospitals to prepare in the event the unthinkable happens: a gunman in their midst. https://www.justnet.org/InteractiveTechBeat/spring_2011/ProactivePlanning.pdf
  • "Rapid Responder Fills in the Blind Spots" (Summer 2008). This article details how the Claremont (Calif.) Police Department uses Rapid Responder, an interactive planning tool, to help with plans to make area schools safer. https://www.justnet.org/pdf/RapidRessponder.pdf
  • "SCORMAP Gets High Marks" (Spring 2004). This articles describes SCORMAP, a mapping software program that uses geographic information systems (GIS) and computer assisted drawing (CAD) technologies to put detailed information at school administrators’ fingertips. Its objective is not only to promote school safety but to help administrators, school resource officers and local law enforcement in emergencies. https://www.justnet.org/pdf/SCORMAP.pdf
  • "Tool Provides Information Access for Emergency Response" (Winter 2011). The Kansas City Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Region, with the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department serving as the lead agency, produced the Asset Protection and Response System, a sophisticated Internet-based program that can be accessed from desktops, police cruisers and PDAs/smartphones. The initiative plans to willingly share the tool with other departments at no charge. https://www.justnet.org/InteractiveTechBeat/winter_2011/ToolProvidesInformationAccess.pdf
  • "8,000 Free School COPs and Counting" (Spring 2007). Designed for everyday use, School COP enables SROs, SRO supervisors, school administrators and security officers to track activities and plan coverage. https://www.justnet.org/pdf/8000FreeSchool.pdf (See also the entry for Triple Play on School Safety under Publications.)

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For-Profit Resources

NLECTC provides the following resource links as a service to law enforcement, corrections and forensic science practitioners. These websites may include references to specific commercial products, processes or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise. Their inclusion does not constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the U.S. Government and it shall not be used for the purposes of advertising, nor to imply the endorsement or recommendation of the U.S. Government.

  • Awareity emphasizes a prevention approach that focuses on awareness of surroundings and situations, and accountability at the individual level for reporting and following procedures. It includes resources dedicated to student safety and equipping schools with the tools needed to prevent incidents such as bullying, peer-to-peer violence and suicide. http://www.awareity.com/
  • Classroom Killers? Hallway Hostages?, written by school safety and crisis preparedness expert Ken Trump, dispels the myths, misconceptions and hype surrounding the lessons learned from national school violence crises and shifting security threat trends. http://www.schoolsecurity.org/crisis-book.html
  • Direct Action Resource Center offers a tactical emergency medical training program. http://www.darc1.com
  • Firearms Training Systems, Inc. (FATS) Simulator includes school shooter scenarios. http://www.fatsinc.com/
  • Hide-Away™ Safe Rooms are folding, rapidly deployable shelters that can provide sanctuary for a teacher and up to 25 students. Built to withstand F5 tornadoes and military-grade weapons, these collapsible units fold down to 17 inches in depth and can be installed behind a whiteboard. http://stayinghome.com/products/hide-away-safe-room/
  • School Security Services is a national consulting firm specializing in school security and crisis preparedness training, security assessments and related safety consulting for schools. http://www.schoolsecurity.org/
  • Special Tactical Services provides rapid deployment/active shooter tactics training for patrol officers, basic SWAT and hostage rescue training. http://www.spectacserv.com/

Universities

Nonprofit Organizations

  • The American Red Cross offers school safety tips, mainly covering transportation to and from school, at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Keep-it-Safe-When-You-Head-Back-to-School
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) training, offered through the National Association of School Resource Officers, provides instruction on using design, management and activity strategies to reduce opportunities for crime to occur, to reduce fear and to improve overall safety of schools. The CPTED concept emphasizes the relationship of the physical environment, the productive use of space and the behavior of people. The course includes a hands-on CPTED evaluation of a school and attendees receive tools to use on their school campus. http://www.nasro.org/content/school-cpted-practitioner-certification
  • Educator’s School Safety Network helps keep schools safe by providing training, services and resources to educators, administrators, school-based law enforcement emergency responders and other stakeholders.
    http://www.eschoolsafety.org/
  • Foundation for Alcohol Responsibility Visit the site at http://responsibility.org/
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) offers a number of continuing education courses, including training specific to the needs of law enforcement officers. http://www.naemt.org/education/education_home.aspx
  • National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a source of information on crime prevention. Several educational materials deal with school safety and related issues. http://www.ncpc.org
  • National School Safety Center (NSSC) provides training, technical assistance and school safety site assessments, and targets both law enforcement professionals and educators. http://www.nssc1.org
  • Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) provides training and resources for emergency first responders with an emphasis on rural areas. RDPC offers AWR 148 Crisis Management for School-based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and Local School Systems at http://www.ruraltraining.org/courses/awr-148.
  • Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative, started by the community surrounding Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., offers a model school safety program and tools to implement it, along with discussion forums, training tools and exercises, and a newsletter. http://safeandsoundschools.org/
  • Safe Havens International is committed to helping schools and school systems improve crisis preparedness and campus safety, working with schools on national and international levels in planning, coordinating and evaluating a wide range of school crisis simulations. http://www.safehavensinternational.org/

Free Resource Materials

  • Active Shooter: How to Respond (October 2008). Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes (before law enforcement arrives on the scene), individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/active_shooter_booklet.pdf
  • Attention Students and Staff, a training tool created by a partnership between the Village of Gurnee Police Department, Woodland School District 50 and the Television Department of Columbia College in Chicago, can be ordered at no charge by law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies and educational institutions across the United States and the world. This video was put together by a group of more than 60 volunteers, including acting/film/TV industry professionals, educators, law enforcement professionals and college and middle school students. View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IluudUhr1DA&feature=youtu.be and email [email protected] or call (847) 599-7080 to order.
  • Bullying in Schools: An Overview (February 2011). This bulletin provides an overview of studies funded by OJJDP, a summary of the researchers’ findings, and recommendations for policy and practice. http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/234205.pdf
  • Comparison of Program Activities and Lessons Learned Among 19 School Resource Officer (SRO) Programs (March 2005). This NIJ-funded document reports the results of a national assessment of SRO programs conducted through a cooperative agreement with NIJ. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/209272.pdf
  • Components of Comprehensive School and School District Emergency Management Plans (2007). According to this U.S. Department of Education publication, to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff, schools and school districts nationwide should create comprehensive, multihazard management plans that focus on the four phases of emergency management—prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. http://rems.ed.gov/docs/HH_Vol2Issue2.pdf
  • Defending Childhood: Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (2012) offers recommendations for communities dedicated to reducing and/or ending children’s exposure to violence. http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/cev-rpt-full.pdf
  • Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education, a June 2013 publication jointly prepared by the U.S. Departments of Education, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and the FBI, focuses on how institutions of higher learning can collaborate with their local government and community partners to plan for potential emergencies through the creation of a school Emergency Operations Plan. http://rems.ed.gov/docs/REMS_IHE_Guide_508.pdf
  • Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, a June 2013 publication jointly prepared by the U.S. Departments of Education, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FBI,  focuses on how schools can collaborate with their local government and community partners to plan for potential emergencies through the creation of a school Emergency Operations Plan. http://rems.ed.gov/docs/REMS_K-12_Guide_508.pdf
  • A Guide to Developing, Maintaining, and Succeeding With Your School Resource Officer Program (circa 2004). This guide from the COPS Office looks at seven components of an SRO program that often prove problematic. http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/ric/CDROMs/SchoolSafety/Law_Enforcement/AGuidetoDevelopingMaintainingSucceeding.pdf
  • A Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence (2010). A joint publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this guide includes information on school violence prevention, threat assessment, crisis planning, major crisis response, dealing with the aftermath and media relations. http://www.theiacp.org/portals/0/pdfs/schoolviolence2.pdf
  • Indicators of School Crime and Safety. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics release this report annually. It presents data on crime and safety in U.S. schools from the perspectives of students, teachers and administrators. Topics covered include victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/iscs13.pdf
  • NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools and Other Safety Databases. This CD-ROM, produced in 2010 by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, includes recommendations and checklists for establishing a safe schools program. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-108c/
  • Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities (2007). Taking action now can save lives, prevent injury and minimize property damage in the moments of a crisis, and this guide emphasizes the importance of reviewing and revising school and district plans. Produced by the U.S. Department of Education. http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan/crisisplanning.pdf
  • Prior Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students Learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack (May 2008). The U.S. Secret Service Safe Schools Initiative examined several issues, including whether most school attacks are planned and what can be done to prevent attacks. http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac/bystander_study.pdf
  • Steps for Developing a School Emergency Management Plan (2007). The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools strongly encourages schools and school districts to develop emergency management plans within the context of the four phases of emergency management: prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In addition, schools should collaborate closely with police, fire and emergency services personnel and community partners. http://rems.ed.gov/docs/HH_Vol2Issue1.pdf
  • To Protect and Educate: The School Resource Officer and the Prevention of Violence in Schools, explains the role of school resource officers and how they can support educational objectives while promoting school safety. Produced by the National Association of School Resource Officers and available for download at http://www.nasro.org/sites/default/files/pdf_files/NASRO_Protect_and_Educate.pdf
  • Updating and Maintaining School Emergency Management Plans (2007). Developing and implementing comprehensive, multihazard emergency management plans is an ongoing process that must be consistently reinforced and strengthened. Produced by the U.S. Department of Education. http://rems.ed.gov/docs/HH_Vol2Issue3.pdf
  • What You Need to Know About Drug Testing in Schools, produced by ONDCP in August 2002, assists educators, parents and community leaders in determining whether student drug testing is appropriate for their schools. http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/news/press02/082902.html
  • “When Seconds Count,” produced by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, is a free 20-minute video on preparing to deal with an active shooter situation. Available at http://vimeo.com/14621179.

For-Profit Resource Materials

NLECTC provides links to the following materials as a service to law enforcement, corrections and forensic science practitioners. These materials are available for a fee, and their inclusion does not constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the U.S. Government and it shall not be used for the purposes of advertising, nor to imply the endorsement or recommendation of the U.S. Government.

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For-Profit Organizations

NLECTC provides the following resource links as a service to law enforcement, corrections and forensic science practitioners. These websites may include references to specific commercial products, processes or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise. Their inclusion does not constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the U.S. Government and it shall not be used for the purposes of advertising, nor to imply the endorsement or recommendation of the U.S. Government.

For-Profit Publications

NLECTC provides the following resource links as a service to law enforcement, corrections and forensic science practitioners. These websites may include references to specific commercial products, processes or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise. Their inclusion does not constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the U.S. Government and it shall not be used for the purposes of advertising, nor to imply the endorsement or recommendation of the U.S. Government.

  • A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools - A Comprehensive Crisis Response Plan for School Districts (Fifth Edition), produced by School Crisis Response, is a step-by-step, color-coded guideline geared to each responder in order to provide the most expeditious response possible to any emergency. http://schoolcrisisresponse.com
  • Crisis Management Plans for Schools, produced by J. Berra Engineering, features strategies for preparedness and response for more than 40 different types of emergencies. http://www.crisisplans.com

Free Resources

Recover

  • National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) is a nonprofit health and safety organization closely aligned with the NEA. Its services include a free downloadable crisis resource guide, School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis.
    http://www.neahin.org/
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) provides information on victim assistance, how to get help, resources for victims/survivors and crisis response specialists as well as information on crisis intervention.http://www.trynova.org/
  • Law Enforcement Traumatic Stress: Clinical Syndromes and Intervention Strategies (1999). This article, published by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, focuses on traumatic stress and intervention strategies for law enforcement officers. http://www.aaets.org/arts/art73.htm