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October 2019 | Volume 12 | Issue 9

A diverse group of professionals—law enforcement, school administrators, educators, healthcare professionals, social workers, researchers and community members—will convene for the 2nd Annual National Summit of State Tip Lines: Intersection of Law Enforcement, Education, and Mental Health later this month. The Nevada Department of Education and Nevada Department of Public Safety are sponsoring the three-day event in Reno, beginning October 22, 2019.

The summit will cover a wide variety of topics related to school safety and state tip lines, including the following panels and presentations:

  • Twenty Years Since Columbine: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Creating Safe Schools 
  • Blueprints for Tip Line Operations, including barriers to success
  • Response Protocols for School Multidisciplinary Teams
  • Trauma Informed and Resilience-Oriented Leadership

Experts at the summit include Susan Payne, the Founder and Former Executive Director of Safe2Tell and a 28-year law enforcement veteran. Safe2Tell is the Colorado anonymous system for reporting potentially harmful student behavior and a source of information critical to school safety. Safe2Tell received 19,511 actionable tips during the 2018-2019 school year1 related to potential school violence and self-harm. Payne, who now works with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado, will be speaking with colleague Dr. Beverly Kingston on safe schools best practices and lessons learned over the twenty years since Columbine. 

Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Langman is a recognized national expert on the psychology of mass violence perpetrators and will be presenting on his research about preventing school shootings. Dr. Langman has written several books as well as a COPS Offices publication, A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database, with Dr. Frank Straub of the Police Foundation.

For more information, or to attend the summit, please contact Debbie Williams with the State of Nevada Department of Education - Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment at

Read More:
A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database
A Preliminary Report on the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database
Preventing and Addressing Bullying and Intolerance: A Guide for Law Enforcement
School Tip Line Toolkit: A Blueprint for Implementation and Sustainability

1. Press Release ‘Safe2Tell reflects on record tip submission during 2018-2019 school year’. August 19, 2019.

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