Recent nationwide school tragedies have highlighted the importance of threat assessment and school safety planning. School safety is at the forefront of national attention as part of President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence, which includes ensuring every school has a comprehensive emergency management plan; creating a safer climate in schools nationwide; and helping schools invest in strategies to promote safety.
International Association of Chiefs of Police President, Craig Steckler, reminds law enforcement that, “As we explore ways to prevent the horrific active shooter incidents that have occurred in Aurora, Colorado; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Newtown, we must also look at ways to mitigate the day-to-day violence in our communities through adequate state and local law enforcement resources, tougher laws, and strengthened programs.”[i]
IACP is working to reduce firearms violence and youth-involved violence, including providing tools to law enforcement and school officials on school critical incident assessment, preparedness, and response efforts.
Accordingly, the IACP Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Youth Program has developed a series of four school safety online trainings, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The trainings titled “Assessing School Safety,” “Forming Your Safe School Planning Team,” “Preparing for a School Crisis,” and “Responding to a School Crisis,” are highly-interactive, introductory level, and are designed to assist in the development of crisis response plans to prevent and respond to school violence. They are targeted for law enforcement, school officials, and allied stakeholders responsible for ensuring school safety.
To register, go to http://elearning-courses.net/iacp/.
For more information, contact Sabrina Rhodes, Project Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 703-836-6767, ext. 831.
[i] Craig T. Steckler, “Juvenile Justice and the Prevention of Child Exploitation,” President’s Message, The Police Chief 80 (March 2013): 6.