New - - Getting to School Safely Guide
- Getting to school safely is a priority for all parents and schools. Whether, walking, biking, or riding the bus, there are things parents can know to make sure their kids make it to school and back unharmed every single day. The Getting to School Safely Guide offers a lot of information and tips for students no matter the method.
New - - National Institute of Justice Examines Effectiveness of School Violence Training
- The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice today published an article examining the effectiveness of school violence training provided to school personnel and school-based law enforcement. The training often targets preventing, preparing for, and responding to violence, as well as student behavior that can compromise both actual and perceived levels of safety among students and staff.
New - - State of School Safety Report
This fifth annual report highlights safety issues important to all stakeholders and identifies areas where further exploration, education, and conversations are needed. Schools and local communities are encouraged to use these findings to drive the important – and sometimes difficult – conversations necessary to address the myriad issues impacting the safety and security of our school communities. Download the latest report to see where school communities lie on spectrum of safety awareness and preparedness.
Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders: Volume 1 | March 2020
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)
2019 Colorado School Safety Guide
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.
Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety
- "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."
Law Enforcement and FERPA
- 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.
Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety
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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