Technology plays a tremendous role in our children's lives. Learn about the ways children are interacting online to create better understanding and open up meaningful communication. Increase awareness of opportunities to protect and connect with children while also gathering valuable information to mitigate threats posed by individuals who seek to exploit them.
Join other law enforcement and school personnel to address school violence and youth victimization concerns through the use of crime prevention and response strategies and review lessons learned from relevant case studies. Examine the impacts of trauma on youth and effective strategies for working with students experiencing mental illness and learning disabilities. Explore the most current trends among youth relating to social media and alcohol and substance abuse. Discuss successful prevention and intervention program models.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice and National Institute of Justice funded the National Policing Institute (formerly the National Police Foundation) to implement a project in 2015 to track incidents of averted school violence on a national level. As of April 2018, 51 reports had been filed, although it is suspected that many more incidents have gone unreported. An “averted incident” is defined as a planned violent attack on school grounds that is prevented before injury or loss of life has occurred. In tracking these incidents, five key actions have been identified to improve school safety, ranging from well-defined and practiced active shooter plans to focused plans promoting personal relationships with students.
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a “response method that determines the role of everyone responding to a crisis and defines a shared vocabulary and shared expectations of behavior” (Texas School Safety Center, 2020). Agencies and first responders that provide assistance during a school emergency all use ICS during a crisis. It is imperative that school staff and safety teams understand and are comfortable using the ICS shared vocabulary when interacting with first responders during a crisis. Additionally, utilizing the shared vocabulary during the planning phases of critical incident response will assist in building trust and collaboration between diverse organizations.
Gain an overview of the student reunification process and review the various types of situations that require reunification and key reunification terminology. Additionally, you will explore roles required for successful reunification, and recommendations about training stakeholders and practicing a reunification plan.