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The School Safety topic features news and information to help patrol officers, school resource officers and police leaders address issues of school safety and law enforcement response to acts of violence in our nation’s classrooms and campuses.

The number of attacks is alarming, but we are seeing more stories about successes from police intervention before and during attacks
A recent documentary features the words of the officers who responded to the shooting, as well as a multitude of recordings of 911 callers and radio transmissions made during the event. Here’s what we can learn
Once a firearm has been identified, alerts are dispatched, including the last known location of the shooter, to school staff and law enforcement
Mesquite Police officers spoke to the student for nearly five minutes, attempting to de-escalate the situation before shots were fired
Bridgewater College Officer John Painter and Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson were friends who were known on campus as the “dynamic duo”
“California has experienced 96 school shootings between 2018 and 2023. If we want to get serious about preventing school shootings ... we need good guys, and girls, with guns, ready to act,” Assemblyman Bill Essayli said
“It is no reflection on the great work our police officers were doing in schools...” Superintendent Larry Snelling said. “CPD is going to continue to do what we’ve always done: Protect our children, protect the streets”
Administrators were applauded for confining the student to an office until Mesquite Police Department officers arrived; the officers shot the student, grazing his leg
“The National Guard’s expertise in crisis management and community support can offer a vital temporary intervention, allowing ... a long-term solution to be developed,” the school board members wrote
“Like I’ve said before: See something, say something, hear something, say something,” Mariemont Chief of Police Richard Hines said. “If we hadn’t gotten the tip, I think we would have had a very bad situation”
Chicago Public Schools is seeking to remove the requirement that part-time security candidates “must have the legal authority to effectuate an arrest”
“Riverside appreciates its strong partnership with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office,” the district stated. “Without their assistance, this project would not have been possible”
“An active shooter with access to victims should never be considered and treated as a barricaded subject,” the report says
“He was the guy that would take the extra time to talk to kids ...” a colleague said. “He would spend the time and really get to know them on that level and to show them that we are people that do care about them as well.”
Board members who opposed the creation of the police department cited prospective difficulty in recruiting officers and criticized the “lack of research” that went into the proposal
Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips said a jury should decide whether former Deputy Scot Peterson displayed a “wanton and willful disregard” for students’ safety when he didn’t confront the shooter during the attack
Here’s why ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ doesn’t translate to proper training for all audiences and age groups
Tactical teams will not be there first
Training young children in active assailant response comes with a unique set of challenges
It’s important to remember your audience when talking to school staff about safety
The Perry Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders arrived at the Perry High School within minutes of the active shooter report
Officers took the shooter down shortly after the shots heard in the video were fired
To help pay for the program, the Broward County school district may phase out its guardian program, which provides 120 armed security guards, and replace them with sworn police officers
In one video, officers rushed through the university’s business school amid a blaring alarm; commands were difficult to hear, but one officer noted, there was “blood everywhere” near a doorway
Deputy Scot Peterson cited other cases that say officers don’t have an obligation to protect others from third-party harm and cannot be sued for decisions made during a crisis