McGruff Turns to Technology

McGruff the Crime Dog® celebrated his 34th birthday on July 1 not by getting a gift, but by giving one: McGruff Mobile, a free app that provides alerts and crime tracking information and promotes school, campus and community safety. read more…

Video Training Encourages Bus Drivers to Plan for Safety

Giggles. Shouted conversations. The click-beep-whirr of smartphones. Even snores. The routine sounds of morning on a school bus don’t include gunfire – and every school bus driver hopes they never will be interrupted by that horrifying noise.

However, if that does happen in Indiana, many drivers are prepared to deal with it, thanks to training videos offered by the Indiana State Police (ISP). read more…

Online Program Brings Cost-Effective, Job-Specific Training to Florida Schools

After racing from her classroom to pick up her son at soccer practice, she pulls into the parking lot to discover that the coach needs “15 more minutes.” How to pass the time…it’s not long enough to be worth pulling out today’s exams to start grading them. Wait, there’s that mandatory training on bullying prevention she has to finish this week…and all she has to get out is her smartphone. read more…

NW3C Helps SROs Find a Place in “Communities”

There was a time when two preteen girls spending the evening together in a bedroom could fill a whole house with chatter and giggling. Nowadays, the clicks and beeps of smartphones make those evenings much quieter as texts and instant messages fly back and forth between the two girls sitting together in the same room and others not physically present. Others who may include their school resource officer.

Mixed in with the messages to friends, the visiting girl reaches out to tell the SRO that when she passed the next-door bedroom, she saw her friend’s brother hastily shoving a gun under his bed. And ammunition. A lot of it. read more…

Roanoke City Uses Social Media to Build Trust

Hey, Suze, I just drove past the high school, there’s a bunch of emergency equipment outside. I didn’t see any smoke, you think it’s a bomb? A shooter? I’m on my way to an appointment, but I wonder if I should go back, try to find out what’s going on?

No worries, Carol, I’m looking at the Facebook page now. It’s broken water pipes near the gym. Part of the school is closed down, they’re shuffling the kids to other classrooms. Just go on to your appointment, talk to you later, okay? read more…

Panic Button App Allows Silent Communication

Whether the intruder smiled and talked his way past the front office staff, or somehow got in undetected through a side door, he didn’t know. What he did know when he heard the shots from the classroom across the hall was that he needed to get the small children under his care into a closet and quietly out of sight. However, while maintaining complete silence, he pulled his smartphone from his pocket and activated the panic button app downloaded just last month at the school system’s direction. Activating it instantly let 911 dispatch know that the second-grade teacher in Room A17 had sent an emergency alert. In seconds, officers raced toward the school, accessing a map in route that showed them the nearest entrance to the classroom and other physical details that shaved important seconds off their response time. read more…

Wisconsin High School First in Nation to Use Tool to Plan Sporting Event Drills

Safety drills, they’ve become just another part of the school routine. Follow the teacher’s directions, leave the classroom quickly and safely, and head for a designated meeting place outside. But disaster doesn’t always strike during classtime. It can strike during an assembly, a pep rally, the big soccer game. What then?

At Wisconsin’s Menomonee Falls High School, spectators will know what to do then too, thanks to a planning tool implemented during the 2013-2014 school year. read more…

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