Municipal Workers Watch Over Neighborhood Streets

There’s a lockdown situation at the local high school. Police, firefighters and EMS personnel know where to go, what to do. As do the sanitation workers in the vicinity of the campus.

Most communities are well aware of the roles that public safety professionals can play in such an event, but sanitation workers? Well, if they participate in a New Jersey project called My Community on Patrol (M.C.O.P.), those workers know their trucks can make excellent roadblocks that can help keep the public away from the danger and free up law enforcement officers from routine traffic control duties. read more…

Students Set the Pace in Learning About School Safety

That officer parked over there in his patrol car isn’t playing games on his smart phone. This school administrator sitting in her study after dinner isn’t updating her Facebook status. And the firefighter waiting for a call isn’t using his tablet computer to read the latest bestseller.

They’re all taking free online School Safety training offered by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, progressing through their selected modules at their own pace. read more…

Volunteers Come Together to Produce Free Training Video

Brothers ask each other for opinions on their work all the time, starting with homework and continuing into adult life. Little did Tom Agos, Crime Prevention Technician with the Gurnee (Ill.) Police Department, know that a request to his brother for an opinion would begin the process of turning a small project for one school district into a free school safety video with a national audience. read more…

It Takes a Village…

The 1996 publication of It Takes a Village by then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton brought the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” into public consciousness. Lt. Patrick Kissane, of the Ft. Lee (N.J.) Police Department, says it also takes a village to keep a child safe. Law enforcement needs to partner with other stakeholders such as school administrators, teachers and parents on school safety efforts. Kissane uses “It Can Happen Here,” a 2010 video produced by the Weapons and Protective Systems Technology Center of Excellence (WPSTC), as one tool to help promote that message. read more…

School Critical Incident Planning – Generator (SCIP-G) Helps Create Coordinated Response in Sumter County

Although the administrators at the Sumter (S.C.) Police Department fervently hope they never have to deal with an active shooter situation, they want to have Incident Command System (ICS) plans in place for every one of the county’s 30-plus schools in case such an event does occur. Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Fowler has found that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) School Critical Incident Planning – Generator (SCIP-G) is the right tool to help with that process. read more…

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