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Law Enforcement and Educators Work Together To Safeguard Arkansas Schools
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Law Enforcement and Educators Work Together To Safeguard Arkansas Schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Educators and law enforcement professionals from across the State will be gathering at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock on Tuesday, February 5, to participate in a program designed to better prepare them to work together in the event of a crisis incident on a school campus. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Institute located at 26 Corporate Hill Drive in Little Rock.

 

Planning for Response to Crisis in School is a 6-hour course designed to foster collaboration between school resource officers, local emergency responders, emergency management and school personnel in planning for crisis situations that could occur on the campus of an Arkansas school. Using lessons learned from previous crisis incidents that have occurred on school campuses throughout the Nation, participants will be given the unique opportunity to openly discuss and explore their unified response to similar events. They will learn how to utilize the Incident Command System, how to conduct an accurate threat assessment, and how to develop appropriate responses for each threat. The course will conclude with a tabletop exercise based on a school crisis scenario that will allow each participant to closely gauge and strengthen their response should a crisis occur on their campus.

 

“One of the key elements to quickly and effectively responding to a threat on a school campus is a unified response,” said Dr. Cheryl May, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute. “To achieve this, it is vital that every individual involved in that response—officers, teachers, administrators, law enforcement, and emergency responders—work together beforehand to build relationships, define roles and responsibilities, and create response plans for different crisis scenarios. It is our hope that this unique program will help begin laying the groundwork for these kinds of collaborations throughout the State.”

 

Planning for Response to Crisis in School is being delivered through the Criminal Justice Institute’s Safe Schools Initiative Division (SSID). SSID provides uniform school safety education and training courses that assist law enforcement and educators in creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for Arkansas children.

 

For more information, visit us online at www.cji.edu.



 

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