Federal and State Government Resources

+21 Federal Agencies

    The Center for Changing Our Campus Culture: An Online Resource to Address Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women in collaboration with its designated Campus Program Technical Assistance Provider Team. It provides important resources for colleges and universities on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. www.changingourcampus.org

    CrimeSolutions.gov, a project of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice and crime victim services. Programs and practices, including those focusing on school safety, are reviewed and rated. www.crimesolutions.gov

    The FBI, through its Critical Response Group, offers an extensive amount of resources for both law enforcement and the public that relate to handling active shooter incidents, including access to training, publications and services offered by other agencies. https://www.fbi.gov/services/cirg

    (See "FBI Promotes Partnership Approach to Planning for Active Shooter Incidents” in Success Stories)

    Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism, an online toolkit from the Office for Victims of Crime, helps communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. www.ovc.gov/pubs/mvt-toolkit/about-toolkit.html

    National Center for Campus Public Safety, a program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, serves as a "one-stop shop" for campus public safety agencies. It promotes innovative practices specific to campus public safety efforts and develops comprehensive responses, resources and strategies, drawing from the latest research, data and best practices on school safety and security. www.nccpsafety.org

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a resource provided by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and other U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) agencies, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). NCJRS has a large variety of research information, including materials on school safety and other issues relevant to the criminal justice community. www.ncjrs.gov

    Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Gang Center contributes to reductions in gang-related crime and violence by providing national leadership; information to policymakers and researchers; and resources, training, and technical assistance to practitioners nationwide. It offers law enforcement-sensitive training, a monthly newsletter and other publications, including the annual Youth Gang Survey. www.nationalgangcenter.gov

    National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System, funded by the National Institute of Justice, works directly with federal, state and local government agencies; community leaders; and scientists to foster technological innovations that result in new products, services, systems and strategies for the nation’s criminal justice professionals. www.justnet.org

    The National Mentoring Resource Center, a program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, serves as a comprehensive and reliable resource for mentoring tools, program and training materials, and information. In addition to accessing online resources, mentoring programs can apply for no-cost training and technical assistance.  www.nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org

    National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), a program of the U.S. Secret Service, provides threat assessment leadership and guidance. www.secretservice.gov/protection/ntac

    U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), offers grants and programs that serve the needs of SROs and school safety programs. cops.usdoj.gov

    U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) offers grants, funding and resources for school safety programs and SROs. www.ojjdp.gov  

    White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) provides publications, resources and grant information on school safety and related issues.  www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

    The Campus Resilience Program Resource Library, from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS') Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), is a free, online repository of resources to empower practitioners and campus leaders to better prepare for, respond to and recover from various threats and hazards relevant to the academic community. The resources included represent a variety of federal, state, local, private-sector, emergency management and academic association entities. Resources in the library are organized according to a specific threat/hazard and then further categorized according to their relevant mission area (prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Visit https://www.dhs.gov/campus-resilience-program-resource-library

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency offers several free online courses related to school safety. These courses address such topics as introducing educators to the incident command system, multi-hazard planning and preparing for mass casualty incidents. www.training.fema.gov/IS/

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) School Safety enhances school safety by offering funding, training and resources for efforts such as providing money for emergency preparedness, training school bus drivers in security and hardening school buildings’ vulnerability. www.dhs.gov/campus-resilience

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program is the federal government’s vehicle for reducing school violence as well as drug, alcohol and tobacco use through education and prevention activities. www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS/index.html

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, includes the Safe and Supportive Schools Group, the Healthy Students Group and the Center for Schools Preparedness.  www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/aboutus.html

(See "Office of Safe and Healthy Students Promotes Holistic Anti-bullying Approach” in Success Stories)

U.S. Department of Education, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, supports schools, school districts and institutions of higher education in school emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive all-hazards emergency management plans. rems.ed.gov/

U.S. Department of Education, School Climate and Discipline provides tools, data and resources to increase awareness of the prevalence, impact and legal implications of suspension and expulsion; find basic information and resources on effective alternatives; and join a national conversation on how to effectively create positive school climates. www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/index.html

    StopBullying.gov, a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides tips, fact, toolkits, training materials and more that can be used to help address problems associated with bullying and cyberbullying.  www.stopbullying.gov

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is a unique federal grant-making program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among the nation’s youth, schools and communities.  www.samhsa.gov/


Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Division of Homeland Security
Office of the Secretary
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
201 S. Union St., Ste. 300
P.O. Box 304115
Montgomery, AL 36130-4115
(334) 517-2563

Contact: Camilla Gibson, Assistant Director, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

School Safety – Department of Education, Prevention and Support Services
(334) 242-8165

Tom Mock, tmock@alsde.edu
Jim Toney, jtoney@alsde.edu
Fran Stewart, fstewart@alsde.edu
Dr. Erica Butler, ebutler@alsde.edu

The Prevention and Support Services section is also responsible for the implementation of the School Safety and Discipline sections of the Code of Alabama (1975), §§ 16-6B-5 through §16-6B-7 of the Alabama Accountability Act of 1995, which includes school safety and discipline as one of three areas of possible intervention by the state Superintendent of Education.


Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
801 W. 10th St., Ste. 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
(907) 465-2800

Contact: Patricia Owen, Education Specialist
(907) 465-2939

It is the policy of this state that the purpose of education is to help ensure that all students will succeed in their education and work, shape worthwhile and satisfying lives for themselves, exemplify the best values of society and be effective in improving the character and quality of the world about them.


Arizona Department of Education
School Safety & Prevention
1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin 29
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-8730

Contact: Davidson Riggs

The School Safety and Prevention Program is a state-funded grant program that places school resource officers (SROs) and/or juvenile probation officers (JPOs) in selected schools to contribute to safer school environments that are conducive to teaching and learning. School Safety and Prevention Program officers maintain a visible presence on campus, deter delinquent and violent behavior, serve as an available resource to the school community and provide students and staff with law-related education (LRE) instruction and training.


Arkansas Safe Schools Association
c/o Criminal Justice Institute
26 Corporate Hill Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Contact: Vicki French, Safe Schools Coordinator
(501) 579-8098

The Arkansas Safe Schools Association is a statewide, nonprofit organization consisting of school resource officers, school safety personnel, school administrators and others dedicated to protecting our children and helping our schools maintain a safe and orderly climate, thereby creating a positive learning environment. Our goal is to provide consistent, up-to-date, affordable, quality training that is available to all law enforcement agencies and school districts across the state. This training, along with a communication network of school safety professionals, will make Arkansas schools a safer place to learn.


California Department of Education, Office of Learning Support, Office of Safe Schools
1430 N St.
Sacramento, CA 94244-2720
(916) 319-0914
Fax: (916) 319-0218

Contact: Tom Herman, Administrator


Colorado School Safety Resource Center
700 Kipling St., Ste. 1000
Denver, CO 80215
(303) 239-4435
Fax: (303) 239-4510


Contact: Christine R. Harms, M.S., Director
(303) 239-4534

CSSRC provides free consultation, resources, training and technical assistance to foster safe and secure learning environments, positive school climates and early intervention to prevent crisis situations. We support schools and local agencies in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and crisis situations. Information and resources from the CSSRC are available to all schools, school officials and community partners throughout Colorado.


Connecticut School Safety Infrastructure Council, Department of Administrative Services
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-5100

Contact: Melody Curry, Commissioner
School districts review and, where possible, implement SSIC Standards established in a February 2014 report during the school design process.


Delaware Department of Education, School Climate & Discipline
401 Federal St., Ste. 2
Dover, DE 19901-3639
(302) 735-4060

Contact: John R. Sadowski, Program Manager
(302) 735-4210

Contact: Joseph Melvin, Deputy Director, CSSP, State of Delaware
(302) 744-4027


Office of School Security
1200 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5885

The Office of School Security works with other agencies to make sure that schools provide a physically safe environment for learning. Their goal is to prevent criminal activity in and around schools, to investigate incidents and to coordinate an effective response to serious misbehavior or crime.


Florida Department of Education
Office of Safe Schools
325 W. Gaines St., Rm. 144A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 245-0416
Fax: (850) 245-9978

Contact: Brooks Rumenik

The Office of Safe Schools serves to promote and support safe learning environments by addressing issues of student safety and academic success on state, district and school levels. Schools implement school safety measures, drug prevention programs and a positive school climate that promotes caring relationships, either directly or indirectly facilitating rising student academic achievement.


Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3976
Atlanta, GA 30302-3990
(404) 413-8482
http://School Safety.education.gsu.edu/

Contact: Dr. Kristen Varjas
School Safety@gsu.edu

The Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management is focused on both research and outreach/service projects involving school safety, school violence prevention, school climate, classroom management and related issues. Current areas of research include prevention of bullying, cyberbullying and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.


Guam Homeland Security, Office of Civil Defense, School Safety and Terrorism Program
221B Chalan Palasyo
Agana Heights, Guam 96910
(671) 475-9600

Contact: Jenna Gaminde

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense currently has a School Safety and Terrorism Program that includes partnerships with other agencies such as Guam Department of Education, Guam Fire Department and Guam Police Department. Goals and objectives include training, exercise and drills for school personnel, awareness and education through presentations and dissemination of information, and evaluation and assessment of all school emergency plans and response capabilities.


Hawaii Department of Education, Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Branch

Contact: Gilbert Chun (808) 586-3457

Contact : Donalyn Dela Cruz
Director, Communications and Community Affairs Office
Hawaii State Department of Education
(808) 586-3232

The Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch is responsible for the security of department campuses. Our schools and state offices are secured as best as possible to prevent theft, vandalism, trespassing and acts of violence, but we know we can always do better. Annual training is provided for all security personnel with continued research into security best practices and the latest technology.


Idaho Department of Education, Safe and Drug Free Schools
650 W. State St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
(800) 432-4601

Contact: Matt McCarter, Director of Student Engagement and Post-secondary Readiness
(208) 332-6961


Schools/Campus - School Safety Information Sharing Program
Illinois State Police
801 S. Seventh St.
Springfield, IL 62703
School Safety@isp.state.il.us

Contact: Maria Langheim, School Intelligence Officer, Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center Office
(217) 558-2661


Indiana Department of Education, School Safety
South Tower, Ste. 600
115 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Contact: David Woodward, Safety Academy Program Coordinator
(317) 232-6975


Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management
7105 NW 70th Ave.
Camp Dodge, Bldg. W-4
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 725-3231

Contact: Dave Johnston
(515) 725-3295

School districts and individual schools are responsible not only for the education of their students, but also for their safety. Not only do school staff need to know what to do in case of a fire or severe weather, they also need to know what to do in the event of suspicious packages, bomb threats, hazardous materials accidents, shooting incidents, hostage situations and assaults. The goal of Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management is to make sure that every school in Iowa has a plan.


Kansas Safe Schools Resource Center (KSSRC), Kansas State Department of Education, Career, Standards, and Assessments
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Ave., Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-8109

Contact: Kent Reed
School Counseling Consultant
School Climate and Culture Project Director
Kansas State Department of Education
Career, Standards, and Assessments
(785) 296-8109

KSSRC believes that Kansas schools should provide physically safe and emotionally secure learning environments for all students and staff. KSSRC will help guide you to resources related to the following:

  • Designing safe schools.
  • Bullying prevention.
  • Data resources.


Kentucky Center for School Safety, Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave., 111 Stratton Bldg.
Richmond, KY 40475
(877) 805-4277

Contact: Jon Akers, Executive Director

In today’s society, school safety is a daily issue that ranges from classroom management to school incident command for crisis situations. The Kentucky Center for School Safety staff is committed to providing training, resources, information and research.


Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Contact: Mike Steele
Communications Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
(225) 925-3966
General Office: (225) 925-7500
Cell: (225) 788-0095

This office collaborates with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Department of Health and Hospitals, Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and also serves as the grant administrator for Homeland Security grants.

Louisiana Department of Education: Louisiana Believes, Consolidated Support Resources
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
(225) 219-4441
Contact: Terri Byrd


Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
(207) 624-6600

Contact: Pat Hinckley, Transportation & Facilities Administrator
(207) 624-6886

All students in Maine deserve to have a safe environment in which they can learn. The Maine Department of Education school security team provides information to schools and works with the legislature to ensure that schools are prepared for all types of emergencies. School security is about leadership, planning and practice to mitigate, respond to and recover from a critical incident. The School Security site deals with all-hazards emergency preparedness.


Maryland Center for School Safety, Maryland Coordination & Analysis Center
7125 Ambassador Road, Ste. 130
Baltimore, MD 21244
(301) 370-3497

Contact: Edward A. Clarke, Executive Director
(301) 370-3497

The Maryland Center for School Safety collaborates with local school systems, law enforcement agencies, state and local government, community organizations, parents and other groups to provide a coordinated and comprehensive policy for school safety in Maryland. With those partners, the Center disseminates information on best practices, programs and resources; provides technical assistance and training; collects, analyzes and integrates statewide data; and promotes interagency efforts to ensure safe schools.

Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Emergency Planning and School Safety, Student Services & Strategic Planning Branch
200 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-0311

Contact: Richard Scott, Coordinated Student Services Team Leader Specialist, School Counseling
(410) 767-0288


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA 02148-4906
(781) 338-3000

Contact: Anne L. Gilligan, M.P.H.
(781) 338-6309

Providing a safe and healthy learning environment is key to helping students develop essential skills and knowledge necessary for college and career readiness. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education works with school districts and communities to help build safe and healthy learning environments for all students.


Minnesota School Safety Center, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
445 Minnesota St., Ste. 223
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 201-7400

Contact: Julie Anderson, External Affairs Coordinator
(651) 201-7576

The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) serves as an essential school safety resource to schools, law enforcement, emergency responders and community partners by providing information, guidance, training and technical assistance for all-hazard safety planning for schools.
The MnSSC works to guide school districts in developing and enhancing emergency plans, assist in the development of all-hazard safety plans for schools and coordinate preparedness activities including prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery with federal, state and local partners.

Minnesota Department of Education Safe Schools
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 582-8200

The Minnesota Department of Education works through partnerships to ensure that students have safe school climates in which to learn, and that schools and communities have the information and resources they need to create and maintain safe schools that nurture healthy development.
School climate includes an expectation that all students and staff are treated with respect, caring connections are established between all students and adults in the building, and students share concerns about school safety and adults take those concerns seriously.
Each Minnesota school district must adopt a district crisis management policy. The policy must include an individual district's plan to respond to potential crisis situations such as natural disasters, hazardous materials, weapons in schools, etc. The policy should include contact persons and their phone numbers, and be reviewed by school personnel in each building.


Montana Safe Schools Center, University of Montana, Institute for Educational Research and Service
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-5344

Contact: Matt Taylor, Director

The Montana Safe Schools Center serves as a research, training and technical assistance center to schools across the United States on key components of safe and supportive schools, including comprehensive emergency management plans and safety assessments, mental health recovery/psychological first aid, bullying and suicide prevention, positive behavioral supports and childhood/secondary trauma mitigation.


Mississippi Department of Education, Division of Safe and Orderly Schools
P.O. Box 771
359 N. West St.
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-1028
(601) 942-2445 (24-hour assistance)

Contact: Robert Laird, Director, Division of School Safety

The Division of School Safety is responsible for the development, implementation and training of all K-12 students in the areas of emergency operations/response, law enforcement, physical security, threat assessment and school discipline. It is also the primary operational, credentialing and training office of all school resource officers and school safety officers in the state.


Missouri Center for Education Safety
200 Madison St., Ste. 320
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Contact: Paul Fennewald, Director
(573) 638-7501, ext. 421
Contact: Gary Moore, Safety Coordinator
(573) 638-7501, ext. 415
Contact: John Warner, Emergency Planning Coordinator
(573) 445-9920, ext. 311
Contact: Dave Martin, Assistant Emergency Planning Coordinator
(573) 638-7501, ext. 419
Contact: Kara Sanders, Administrative Assistant
(573) 445-9920, ext. 369

The Center for Education Safety (CES) is an innovative, public-private partnership of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri Office of Homeland Security, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA). Located at the MSBA Communications Center in Jefferson City — Missouri’s capital — CES is dedicated to enhancing various aspects of emergency planning, preparedness, safety and security in public and nonpublic education (pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary). The services provided by CES fall into three categories: leadership, information resources, and technical assistance and training.

Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security
1101 Riverside Dr.
Lewis and Clark Building, Fourth Fl. West
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Contact: Chris Pickering, Homeland Security Coordinator
(573) 522-3007
Fax: (573) 751-5399


Montana Safe Schools Center, University of Montana, Institute for Educational Research and Service
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812

Contact: Brooke Marshall
(406) 243-5764
Fax: (406) 243-2197

The Montana Safe Schools Center serves as a research, training and technical assistance center for schools across the United States on key components of safe and supportive schools. This includes comprehensive emergency management plans and safety assessments, mental health recovery/psychological first aid, bullying and suicide prevention, positive behavioral support and childhood/secondary trauma mitigation.


Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
(402) 471-2295

Contact: Jolene Palmer
School Safety & Security Director
Nebraska Department of Education
(402) 471-2944

The Nebraska Department of Education provides informational resources and support to increase the safety and security of Nebraska schools.


Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security

Contact: Paul Burke, Preparedness Section Supervisor, Search and Rescue Coordinator
(775) 687-0423

The Nevada Department of Public Safety coordinates efforts to protect lives and property, and to prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate all threats, hazards and emergencies.


New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301-3860
(603) 271-3494

Contact: Marjorie Schoonmaker, School Safety and Facility Management, Public Information Office
(603) 271-3620

The Department of Education offers a wide variety of programs and services in support of New Hampshire’s students, teachers, educators, administrators, families and community members.


New Jersey Department of Education
c/o NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness
P.O. Box 091
Trenton. NJ 08691
(609) 631-4531

Contact: Ben Castillo, Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning, New Jersey Department of Education

OSPEP protects the health, safety and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey’s schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and by increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crisis. The unit provides support to schools to assist them with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning (prevention, preparedness, response and recovery). To achieve these goals, OSPEP operates in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Safer Schools for a Better Tomorrow


New Mexico Public Education Department, School and Family Support Bureau
120 S. Federal Place, Rm. 206
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-1804

Contact: Kristine Meurer, Ph.D., Director
5600 Eagle Rock Ave., Rm. 201
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 222-4748


New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education, New York State Education Department
P. O. Box 7346
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-3852

The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth. The department provides safety resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. It also provides a guidance document for the completion of school safety plans. The information is especially useful for school administrators and others concerned about school safety.

New York State Safe Schools Initiative

The mission of the New York State Safe Schools Initiative is to help schools across the state implement effective school safety strategies and plans to enhance emergency preparedness. The state is also committed to assisting schools by educating them on valuable ways to foster good communication among school staff, students and law enforcement agencies. The strategies and plans as well as the cooperative relationships will allow schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our school students, creating environments where students can learn, grow and thrive.

New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education
New York State Education Department
P. O. Box 7346
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-3852 r

The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth. The department provides safety resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. It also provides a guidance document for the completion of school safety plans. The information is especially useful for school administrators and others concerned about school safety.


North Carolina Department of Public Safety, North Carolina Center for Safer Schools
3010 Hammond Business Place, Bldg. One
Raleigh, NC 27630
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/School Safety/resources/

Contact: Kym Martin, Executive Director
(919) 436-3099
Toll-free: (855) 819-8381

The Center for Safer Schools, housed in the Department of Public Safety, serves as the state’s primary point of contact on issues dealing with school safety and the prevention of youth violence. The Center for Safer Schools provides a one-stop shop for school safety information and customer services to schools, law enforcement, youth-serving agencies, juvenile justice officials, community leaders, policymakers, parents and students.

The N.C. Center for Safer Schools
The N.C. Center for Safer Schools, housed in the N.C. Department of Public Safety, serves as the state's primary point of contact on issues dealing with school safety and the prevention of youth violence.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 N. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 807-3300
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/School Safety

Contact: Ken Gattis, School Safety Coordinator


North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Safe and Healthy Schools
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 201
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
(701) 328-2260

Contact: Valerie Fisher
(701) 328-4138

The vision of Safe and Healthy Schools is that all students achieve their maximum education and social potential in a healthy and safe school and community environment. Its mission is to promote academic achievement and improved life skills for all students by working through partnerships to ensure all students are safe with the skills to be healthy, resourceful and engaged in learning. Families, schools and communities support students to have the information needed to nurture their healthy development.


Ohio Department of Education, School Safety and Safety Plans, Center for P-20 Safety and Security
25 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
(877) 644-6338

In 2013, the Center for P-20 Safety and Security was formed as a collaborative effort between the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education to create safe and supportive learning environments and respond to violence and its causes in educational settings throughout Ohio. Center personnel focus on school climate, safety, security and emergency management concerns in the K-12 and higher education environments, providing guidance and direction to promote physically safe and emotionally secure environments for students, educators and staff.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Contact: Rick Zwayer
Executive Director
Ohio Homeland Security
1970 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH
(614) 644-1002

Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security, Oklahoma School Safety Institute
P.O. Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136

Contact: Kim Carter, Director
(405) 425-7276

Contact: Jennifer Newell, Program Manager
(405) 425-7299

Acting under direction of the state legislature, the Department of Homeland Security formed the School Safety Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to develop school safety and violence prevention training programs and to encourage the implementation of school security pre-plans and strategies to prevent and mitigate violent incidents in schools within Oklahoma.


Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition
P.O. Box 80604
Portland, OR 97280
(503) 954-4865

Our work supports community efforts to reduce youth suicide and other risk behaviors in the often hidden and historically underserved gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth population. Although the primary focus of OSSCC is sexual orientation and gender identity issues, we recognize the harm caused by harassment, violence and discrimination of any kind.

The OSSCC seeks a large and diverse coalition membership in order to build the kind of statewide visibility and support needed to achieve its mission. OSSCC members represent a broad cross-section of public and private organizations in Oregon. Membership is open to any organization, school district, agency, faith community, business or individual that supports the mission of the Coalition. We strive to collaborate with all organizations and individuals working for a safe and equitable society.


Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Safe Schools
333 Market St., Fifth Fl.
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 705-0353

Contact: Michael J. Kozup, Director

The Safe Schools Office coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of antiviolence efforts and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence. The office supports and provides technical assistance and professional development programs in the following areas and security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention and social/emotional wellness.

Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Ave., Ste. 200
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 763-1661

Contact: Lynn Cromley, Director
(717) 763-1661, ext. 111

Since 1988, the Center for Schools and Communities has been committed to improving outcomes for children and families through training, technical assistance, program evaluation, research and resource development. The Center’s work focuses on prevention and intervention initiatives operated by schools, organizations and agencies serving children, youth and families.
Center for Schools and Communities’ staff has diverse backgrounds in education, human services, community development and the law, as well as specialized skills and experience in program development and design, evaluation, training and resource development. This combination of education and experience has enabled the Center to provide customized technical assistance to support the development of innovative programs in schools and communities.


Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Rhode Island School Safety Program
645 New London Ave.
Cranston, RI 02902
(401) 946-9996
http://www.riema.ri.gov/resources/government/prepare/School Safety/index.php

Contact: Melinda Hopkins, NFIP Planner/School Coordinator
(401) 462-7141

Contact: Stephen Conard, MPA, CEM, Training Support Specialist
(401) 462-7102

The Rhode Island School Safety Program works to coordinate emergency planning and training, develop standardized safety guidelines, and promote preparedness and situational awareness for any type of disaster or emergency that might occur in a Rhode Island school. REIMA works closely with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island State Police, as well as other state and local safety officials to ensure the continued safety and well -being of students.


South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers
P.O. Box 290969
Columbia, SC 29229

Contact: Zina Harper, President
SCASRO promotes and facilitates training and communication between school resource officers, school district personnel and community organizations. It serves as a resource for officers and educators who dedicate themselves to providing a safe and nurturing environment for students and staff within communities.


South Dakota Department of Education, Safe, Drug and Gun Free Schools
800 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3134


Tennessee Safe and Supportive Schools

Contact: Kimberly Daubenspeck
(615) 532-0469

Contact: Mike Herrmann, Director
(615) 741-3248

Contact: Pat Conner, Associate Executive Director
Associate Executive Director
(615) 741-3248

The Center for School Safety assists schools and local communities in establishing safe and disciplined learning environments. Center activities include training and technical assistance, grants administration and data collection.


Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University
415 N. Guadalupe, Ste. 140, PMB 164
San Marcos, TX 78666
(877) 304-2727 (toll-free)
(512) 245-8082
Contact: Kathy Martinez-Prather, Director

TxSSC is an official university-level research center at Texas State University, a member of the Texas State University System. TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code with key school safety initiatives and mandates that include planning, training and drilling, as well as being included in the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan. Toward this aim, TxSSC serves as the central location for the dissemination of safety and security information, including research, training and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout Texas. Specifically, the Center provides universal and regional services to students, educators, administrators, campus-based law enforcement, community organizations, state agencies and colleges/universities in an effort to increase safety and security in Texas schools. In addition, TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training and enforcement initiatives.


Be Ready Utah, Division of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 141710
1110 State Office Bldg.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1710
(801) 538-3400

Contact: Jeff Johnson, Division Director

Be Ready Utah offers a planning guide, an emergency checklist, emergency planning kit and other materials to assist schools with emergency planning.


Vermont Agency of Education
219 N. Main St., Ste. 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030

Contact: Rob Evans, School Security Liaison Officer, Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Public Safety

Passed by the Legislature in 2000, Act 113 (the Safe Schools Bill), addresses the importance of providing safe and healthy learning environments for all Vermont students. Among its many provisions, the law clarifies disciplinary procedures in cases in which a student’s misconduct directly harms the welfare of a school. It also strengthens criminal laws regarding possession of weapons on school property or buses, and directs the Secretary of Education to develop teacher training programs that address disruptive student behavior.

Act 120, also passed in 2000, focuses on school hazing and harassment policies and created a school quality standard that evaluates schools on their ability to provide safe, civil, orderly and positive learning environments. Per Act 129 of 2012, the Secretary of Education established an advisory council to provide advice and recommendations on harassment, hazing and bullying prevention strategies and resources, and to coordinate statewide activities related to the prevention of and response to harassment, hazing and bullying.


Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank St.
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-4000

Contact: Donna Michaelis, Manager, School and Campus Safety
(804) 371-6506

The Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), located within the DCJS Division of Law Enforcement, reflects Virginia’s commitment to providing safe and productive learning environments for all students and staff in our schools today. VCSCS is a resource and training center for information and research about national and statewide school safety efforts and initiatives.


School Safety Center
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
(360) 725-6000

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington State. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

The School Safety Center provides resources to districts and schools to help in the development of high-quality emergency operations and safety plans. Feeling safe is fundamental for a positive learning environment. RCW 28A.320.125 requires all public school districts and public schools to have current school safety plans and procedures in place. The School Safety Center is a component of Secondary Education and works in close collaboration with Student Support. In addition, regularly scheduled meetings of the School Safety Advisory Committee complement our commitment to keeping all students safe at school each and every day.

Washington School Safety Organization
P.O. Box 127
Stanwood, WA 98292

Contact: John Guidice, President

WSSO is an organization comprised of school administrators, school security officers, DARE officers, GREAT officers and school resource officers. Its goal is to unite law enforcement, security professionals and educators to develop effective community partnerships. With a strong network of experts who share this goal, and through advanced specialized training, WSSO can ensure the safety of our schools, students and staff.


West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, School Safety & Vulnerability Project
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-5380

Contact: James A. “Tony” Domingo

Public schools in West Virginia are becoming safer and more secure as school districts across the nation strive to protect children in the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut. While West Virginia has worked diligently to improve school safety since the law’s passage six years ago, the deaths of 20 elementary students and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012 have many re-examining school safety. Much of the fund money spent to date in West Virginia has paid for various safety measures, including keyless entries, locking mechanisms on doors and the numbering of rooms. In addition to digital mapping, all new schools will have panic buttons that when pushed lock down the building and dial 911.


Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association
5821 S. 19th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221-5008

Contact: Peter Pochowski, Executive Director
(414) 559-7487

WSSCA, founded in 1968, is an association of professionals dedicated to the task of improving security, safety and health in Wisconsin schools. WSSCA is a nonprofit and non-government organization that includes administrators, supervisors, teachers, building and grounds personnel, health and nursing personnel, safety coordinators, security coordinators, school resource officers and school districts, as well as private/public businesses through district, corporate and student memberships. The business of the association is conducted by a 13-member board with an executive director. This group is further guided by several technical advisors with professional backgrounds in a variety of school safety and security-related fields.


Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, School Safety and Security Task Force
5500 Bishop Blvd., East Door
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-4663

Schools are faced with ongoing challenges for a much broader range of emergency situations. Districts, schools and law enforcement must have a comprehensive, cooperative plan that outlines response, not only to severe weather and natural disasters, chemical accidents and medical emergencies, but also to campus violence or active shooter threats.

The health and welfare of students and school staff in crisis situations is dependent on sound emergency preparedness. It is important that schools and first responders be aware of potential threats and be prepared to manage them should they occur. Acting to address these issues, Governor Matt Mead established a task force to study and provide insight on the status of school safety and security in Wyoming schools.

Wyoming Department of Education, Student & Facilities Safety
2300 Capitol Ave.
Hathaway Building, Second Fl.
Cheyenne, WY 82002-2060
(307) 777-7690

Contact: Bruce Hayes, Education Consultant - School Safety
(307) 777-6198

The Wyoming Department of Education provides technical assistance to schools on matters including, but not limited to, safety systems, security, bullying, pesticides, indoor air quality, terrorism, mold, playgrounds and area hazardous materials. The department administers and writes applicable contracts for the state’s anonymous tip line, and is currently handling the transition of the federal Title IV funds from a formula program to a competitive format. It also facilitates legislation on anti-bullying efforts and coordinates closely with the State Office of Homeland Security and other agencies to create safer schools via the School Safety Committee. The department conducts statewide school safety workshops, edits and updates the legislatively required “Wyoming School Facilities Hazardous Materials Guidelines,” and researches and provides relevant material on the school safety section of the K-12 website.