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ASTON — Hundreds of educators and emergency personnel from around the region were schooled by the U.S. Secret Service Wednesday on some of the best practices to promote safe schools in their communities.
Neumann University hosted the federal law enforcement agency’s first East Coast presentation of its Safe School Initiative training program in the all-day seminar that covered prevention, school climate and cybersecurity. The Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, National Computer Forensics Institute and Forensics Services Division contributed to the day’s presentations.
“We’re providing the information from the Safe Schools Initiative study. Certainly, after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting (from February 2018), we’ve been doubling our efforts in the study of violence in schools,” said Philadelphia Secret Service Special Agent in Charge James Henry. “It’s us being able to give our best practices and recommendations along the way to best prevent these crimes.”
James said the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 was the catalyst to partner the agency with the U.S. Department of Education to create a study of school treat assessments. In 2002, the Safe School Initiative report was released as a result of the work between the two federal bodies. An updated version is expected to be released later this year.
The topic of school safety has been an ever-increasing focus around the nation as year-over-year another attack results in students and staff are injured or killed.
Local school districts have been ramping up their efforts to promote safe environments with trauma-informed care, hiring of school resource officers (armed security) and initiatives to promote better school climates. Delaware County officials installed a silent alarm system called DelPASS (Delaware County Police Alert for School Security) in every county school building in 2013.