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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Safety is a critical topic for school administration and law enforcement as students return to campus for the fall semester. In addition to mass casualty violence, it is also essential to prepare for extreme events such as weather disasters and chemical hazard spills.
Experts recommend a multidisciplinary approach to school safety planning that involves school personnel (including both teachers and support staff such as janitors and school bus drivers), law enforcement and first responders, community-based resources, and families—as well as students in the school. Student perspective is unique in school safety, and as partners in the process, students will have increased ownership of the solutions, as well as improved trust and stronger communication with school officials.
The COPS Office, in coordination with other DOJ components and federal agencies, provides resources, training, and technical assistance to support the essential steps of planning, preparation, and ongoing assessment necessary for safe and secure schools. A representative sample of resources is included here, but officials are encouraged to search federal clearinghouse sites for training, technical assistance, and knowledge products. In addition, please feel free to contact the COPS Office for assistance via the COPS Office Response Center.
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