This Week in School and Campus Safety

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This Weekly Update by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program shares information on an upcoming Targeted Community Violence Prevention Conference, links to a resource on Guiding Principles for School Resource Officer Programs, and promotes the upcoming classes on Digital Threat Assessment®, Advanced Digital Threat Assessment®, and Campus Threat Assessment and Management.

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Laura Black
Program Coordinator
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program
U.S. Secret Service Event: Preventing Targeted Community Violence

The U.S. Secret Service and the National Threat Assessment Center are holding a Targeted Community Violence Prevention Conference August 29th at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL. "This conference will feature speakers from the U.S. Secret Service, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and more. Presentations will cover research findings and implications from research on targeted violence, guidance and best practices for violence prevention, and more. You will also have the chance to meet local professionals in this field to develop relationships and enhance public safety efforts." For more information, click here.
Guiding Principles for School Resource Officer Programs

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released the document Guiding Principles for School Resource Officer Programs. According to COPS, "the principles in this document are offered as a guide to those jurisdictions that have opted to implement an SRO program to ensure that the presence of law enforcement in schools is as beneficial as possible and to avoid harmful impacts on students and the learning environment." The document discusses guiding principles including: local decision-making, MOUs, school discipline, judicious use of law enforcement powers, specialized hiring processes, specialized training, student and family engagement, and more.
Upcoming Sessions of Digital Threat Assessment® and Advanced Digital Threat Assessment® via Zoom

The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program, in partnership with Safer Schools Together, is pleased to announce 3 upcoming sessions of the Digital Threat Assessment® class and 1 upcoming session of the Advanced Digital Threat Assessment® class being held via Zoom.

The Digital Threat Assessment® training will enable participants to establish a framework to better assess all threats by constructing and considering the digital baseline of a threat maker by locating, documenting, and evaluating social media data through a threat assessment lens. A significant portion of the day will be spent engaging in hands-on exercises on the most prevalent social media platforms and associated search applications. For more information and to register, click the corresponding link for the session you would like to attend.

Building upon the Digital Threat Assessment® class by Safer Schools Together, Advanced Digital Threat Assessment® advances participants' understanding of finding and curating relevant digital information consistent with real-life digital threat assessment data gathering scenarios. Significant engagement and hands-on practice will take place as participants are assembled into investigative teams and given a true-to-life mock scenario.

Upcoming Session of Campus Threat Assessment and Management Dec. 6th-7th in Chicago

The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program is pleased to announce the class Campus Threat Assessment and Management will be held December 6-7, 2023, in Chicago, IL. This two-day workshop for institutions of higher education featuring Gene Deisinger, Ph.D will help participants to better understand the dynamics of targeted violence and to develop and enhance strategies for early identification, assessment, and intervention with concerning situations. For more information and to register, click here.
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program