Rural law enforcement agencies face increasing rates of crime and disorder - and often have dwindling resources with which to combat them. To discuss critical issues in rural policing, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) convened five listening sessions with rural law enforcement stakeholders in September 2019 to discuss rural law enforcement's common concerns, challenges, and needs. The results of these sessions are summarized in this document. Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders: Volume 1 (PDF 17MB)
The 2019 Colorado Attorney General's School Safety Guide provides information on the best practices and evidence-based programs for promoting safety and preventing violence in school settings. The guide is breaking new ground by using lessons learned to identify and promote best practices for school safety. The guide prioritizes the programs and practices shown to be most effective based on research, making it both distinct from and a compliment to other school safety resources in Colorado. This guide should prove helpful to school administrators, district officials, teachers, counselors, psychologists, law enforcement officers, community officials, faith-based leaders, parents, and students.
- "Since the horrific February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Trump Administration has devoted considerable time, resources, and effort to studying ways to keep our students safe and our schools secure. The Federal Commission on School Safety was designed to both research and recommend solutions to advance the safety of our schools. The Commission's observations and recommendations are contained in this report."
- This guidance document consists of thirty-seven commonly asked questions about schools' and school districts' responsibilities under FERPA relating to disclosures of student information to school resource officers (SROs), law enforcement units and others, and seeks to explain and clarify how FERPA protects student privacy while ensuring the health and safety of students and others in the school community.
The COPS Office School Safety Working Group, which is composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified 10 essential actions that can be taken by schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies to help prevent critical incidents involving the loss of life or injuries in our nation's schools and to respond rapidly and effectively when incidents do occur. These actions are applicable to school shootings as well as to other areas of school safety, including natural disasters and traumatic events such as student suicide. Adopting policies and practices based on the recommendations in this publication can help make school communities safer and save lives.
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