School Safety Resources

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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recognizes the importance of school safety in ensuring a healthy learning environment. Preventing issues before they occur, having a plan in place for when things go wrong, and taking action after an incident, are all important topics covered in the resources below.

These resources, curated by the COPS Training Portal, consist of online courses, publications, podcasts, and much more. This page will be updated with the latest information, so please check back often.

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In-Person and online Training Resources

Active Attack Integrated Response Course (AAIR) (Directs, Train the Trainers and Indirect Deliveries)

A performance level direct delivery course designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, tele-communicator and emergency medical services (EMS) in active attack / shooter events.

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Basic School Resource Officer (SRO) Course

The course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of SROs and law enforcement working in a school setting.

Onboarding Training for Cyber S.W.A.T

This course requires participants to be an SRO at one of the selected pilot schools. Officers selected to participate in this training should approach this training with the ability to recognize the conditions that lead to crime in and engage high school students in finding solutions to correct and prevent these conditions.

Active Attack Event Response Leadership

The goal of this course is to provide leaders in first response and emergency management agencies with strategic leadership and integrated response strategies that will prepare them to not only “stop the killing” but to also “stop the dying” in active attack events. 

P5 - Preventing Problems by Promoting Positive Practices

Preventing Problems by Promoting Positive Practices (P5) is an interactive online course designed to provide participants with an innovative school climate model and school climate enhancement practices.

K-12 Online Courses

The following K-12 courses feature telephone and video-enabled presentations from experts in the field of school emergency management

Guides, Publications, and Reports

Guiding Principles for School Resource Officers Cover Page

Podcasts – The Beat

Phoenix House and the West Side Story Project

MAY 2013

School Safety


School Emergency Preparedness


Police in Schools


LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast

Pandemic Response: Institutes of Higher Education (Part 1)


Pandemic Response: Institutes of Higher Education (Part 2)



Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day, and in turn, their families, schools, and communities. Youth violence is an adverse childhood experience and is connected to other forms of violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating violence, adult intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and suicide.

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Technical Support

Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC)

specific assistance

Information on Sheriff Specific Assistance

Information on Tribal Specific Assistance


The resources on this page are intended for staff and educators of public K-12 schools and school districts. Resources found here typically address FERPA and how it applies to the various day-to-day operations of public schools at the administrative level. Guidance is also provided for specific situations that occur only in the K-12 setting.

Provides schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools has administered the REMS TA Center to serve two critical functions aimed at helping education agencies, with their community partners, manage safety, security, and emergency management programs

Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans

A Comprehensive Preparedness Guide


School Climate and Discipline

Administrators, educators, students, parents and community members can find on this site tools, data and resources 


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