App Promotes Partnerships With Campus Police

The chimes and the warning voice on the intercom tell her that the library will close in five minutes. Gathering up her books and telling herself that if she doesn’t know the material by now, she never will, she heads for the door and the long cross-campus walk to her room. But before she heads out into the late evening darkness, she pulls out her smartphone, activates the LiveSafe security app offered by campus police and accesses the SafeWalk function. Through a real-time safety map and in-app messaging system, SafeWalk enables her to designate friends and family members to watch her as she walks home, so while she may walk by herself, she doesn’t walk alone. read more…

Baltimore County Police See “One View” of Local Schools

The call goes out from dispatch: Armed intruder at “ABC Elementary School.” Nearby officers quickly move toward the school, accessing the view from security cameras on their mobile devices, calling up floor plans and scanning the school’s layout while in route. Thanks to this instant access, they don’t have to go in blind; instead, they come prepared with vital information. read more…

Office of Safe and Healthy Students Promotes Holistic Anti-bullying Approach

If a problem persists at the same level for nearly 10 years, it may not be getting any worse, but it’s also not getting any better. Without a change in approach, the status quo might go on indefinitely.

When it comes to preventing bullying in our nation’s schools, the U.S. Department of Education and its Office of Safe and Healthy Students is taking steps toward ensuring that status quo comes to an end. read more…

KidsSafe Provides Parents With Free Tool and Training

Glancing in the rearview mirror, she catches sight of her 12-year-old daughter, earbuds in place, head down, smartphone beeping as texts fly out and are answered. She smiles to herself and turns back to the road, unaware the exchange is not with one of her daughter’s classmates, but with an 18-year-old boy intent on persuading much younger girls to “sext” with him.

However, after dropping her daughter at a friend’s for the evening and going on to a free cyber-safety seminar at her daughter’s school, she will gain access to a free tool that will help her find out – in time – how wrong she was. read more…

San Antonio School District “Stands Up” Increased Security

In the past four years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s campaign slogan “If You See Something, Say Something,” has become part of our national vocabulary. In San Antonio’s Edgewood Independent School District (EISD), that slogan could also be re-interpreted as if you’re concerned about any activity around a school, “Take A Stand.” read more…

Building “Bridges” That Enhance Communications

Go ahead, sir, you’re talking to EMS now.

We’ve got a girl, here, a first-grader, and she’s turned her ankle. She can’t stand on it, but there’s no sign of a bad break or blood or anything. Can I move her? Carry her inside? It’s hot, and she’s on blacktop.

Sure, go ahead and carry her inside. Tell us where you’re taking her so we can come straight to you.

We’ll be waiting in the infirmary.

I’m not familiar with the layout of that school, can you tell me which entrance to use? How to find the infirmary? read more…

CRASE Training Helps Schools Fill the Gaps in School Safety Plans

Even above the noise of the day’s first lunch period, the sound of gunshots near the school’s office can be heard in the cafeteria. As the loudspeakers call a lockdown and classroom doors slam shut all over the building, the teachers on lunch duty quickly open the room’s emergency exits and send the students racing outside. Some may remember to gather at the designated meeting spot two blocks away, others may continue to run home, or go to another location in the neighborhood.

Regardless of where they run, all of them will reach safety, because their faculty and administrators took Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training offered by their local law enforcement agency, and incorporated the principles of that training into the school’s safety plan. read more…

Meeting An Active Threat Head-On

The next school shooter may not blast his way through the door of an elementary school. He might get past a school’s “buzz for admittance” policy because he’s a known visitor, only this time he’s carrying a knife and looking for his partner for a deadly reason. Or he might be a student in a small rural school with a gun in his backpack. Or he may find some other way to get past a school’s well-thought-out, well-executed safety plan.

However he gets in, if local law enforcement has taken advantage of the free Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program offered through the Texas State University and funded at a national level by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), (a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs) officers will know how to deal with this active threat. read more…

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