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2024 SRO Promising Programs

From the desk of Lee Ann Morrison, Research Fellow, and Justice and Law Enforcement, Kentucky Center for School Safety SROs and SSCs, For the last few years, the Kentucky Center for School Safety has recognized several SRO programs across the state as an SRO Promising Program. This year we would like to recognize ONE program to be recognized with a monetary award ($1000) and recognition at the 2024 summer conference in Georgetown, KY.   Please note, if you are program has...
KCSS Safe Schools and Communities Conference 2023

Save the Date: Safe Schools and Communities Conference

From the desk of Jon Akers, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for School Safety I wanted to personally invite you to our Annual Safe Schools and Communities Conference.  We have out-grown our Conference Center at EKU and have expanded this to a Great Crossings High School in Scott County.  I especially want to make sure that our principals know this conference is for their benefit AND their SROs.  All school campuses will eventually have SROs and we want to make certain...

Hardin Promising Program

The Kentucky Center for School Safety named Hardin County Schools one of only three 2023 Promising Programs in the commonwealth for their school resource officer (SRO) program. Hardin County Schools (HCS) began building their program with School Resource Officers (SRO) officially in 2016, even though the district has had a collaborative working relationship with local law enforcement agencies since the early 2000s. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and the Elizabethtown Police Department both work with the Hardin County District through...

Anderson Promising Program

The Kentucky Center for School Safety named Anderson County Schools one of only three 2023 Promising Programs in the commonwealth for their school resource officer (SRO) program. Anderson County Schools has had at least one SRO for about the past 20 years, the current SRO program at Anderson County Schools was developed as a partnership between the Anderson County Board of Education led by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and the Anderson County Sheriff Office, Joe Milam, Sheriff in 2017. This program...

New Video on Averting Targeted School Violence

From The United States Secret Service The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) extends our deepest condolences to all communities impacted by targeted school violence. As part of its mission to prevent targeted violence, the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has long maintained a particular focus on the safety of children in schools. To further advance this mission of protecting school communities, NTAC has released a video which highlights the findings and implications of its research on school...

McCracken Promising Program

McCracken County Public Schools Police Department (MCPSPD) has been recognized as a Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) SRO Promising Program.  MCPSPD was established in the fall of 1998.  In August 2022, MCPSPD became a school-based law enforcement agency under House Bill 63. The department has been rebranded as the McCracken County Schools Campus Police.  Austin Guill, Director of Campus Police still holds community-oriented policing and positive student relationships at the core of the department’s vision.  With full staffing and each campus covered,...

New Grant Opportunity Available on COPS

From COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) Check out our How to Apply page for resources such as frequently asked questions, appendices, additional fact sheets, links to webinars, and more. NOW OPEN: The FY 23 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) will close on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 4:59 PM ET.* *IMPORTANT: Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, each with its own deadline. STEP 1: Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov.GRANTS.GOV APPLICATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 10,...

New Grant Opportunity Available on SchoolSafety.gov’s Grants Finder Tool

From The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse A new school safety-related funding opportunity has recently been added to the Grants Finder Tool on SchoolSafety.gov. Mental Health Awareness Training Grants (Deadline: May 1) The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel and emergency services personnel including fire department and law enforcement personnel, veterans, armed services members and their families, etc.) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and how to safely de-escalate crisis situations involving...

Safe Schools and Communities Conference

Registration is closed. Contact Alicia.Lombardi@ksba.org to be placed on the waitlist. June 21-22, 2023 SAFE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE Eastern Kentucky University, Perkins Building, Richmond Hosted by the Kentucky Center for School Safety This two-day event is FREE OF CHARGE and is open to law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school personnel. Registration is closed. Contact Alicia.Lombardi@ksba.org to be placed on the waitlist. Attendance to this conference does include membership to the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) and...

COPS Office Grant Announcements – New Funding Opportunities Open Now

From the desk of Jon Akers, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for School Safety Please see the grant announcement from the US Dept. of Justice: Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant. (below) The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the following grant funding opportunities are now open and accepting applications: COPS Hiring Program (CHP) The 2023 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing...
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