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A Discussion on the Role of School Resource Officers in School Safety and a Review of the Averted School Violence Database

Event Date: August 29, 2019


  • Elizabeth Simpson, U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office;
  • Mo Canady, National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO);
  • Dr. Frank Staub, National Police Foundation;
  • Jeff Allison, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators;
  • Madeline Sullivan, U.S. Department of Education's (the Department/ED) Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS); and
  • Janelle W. Hughes, REMS TA Center.



In this Webinar, presenters discussed the role of school resource officers (SROs) in school safety and provided an overview of the Averted School Violence (ASV) database. Mo Canady of NASRO and Elizabeth Simpson from the COPS Office joined the Webinar to discuss the roles of SROs and the role of their respective offices in supporting education agencies with safety issues, including school violence. Jeff Allison, who works closely with the COPS Office and also represents IACLEA, provided an overview of the ASV database, including its history, purpose, and benefits. Dr. Frank Straub with the Police Foundation discussed lessons learned from the recently released report, A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the National Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database, focusing on the specific recommendations for schools. ED and REMS TA Center staff discussed the importance of integrating plans to prevent and respond to school violence into overall emergency operations plans (EOPs).The presentation concluded with a Question and Answer session and was followed by a Web Chat.

The Department's OSSS, formerly the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, and its REMS TA Center hosted this Webinar to provide schools with information on SROs and their role in school safety, the ASV database and recommendations for schools based on research conducted using the ASV database, and the importance of integrating plans to prevent and respond to school violence. While the live Webinar offered opportunities to respond to individual and unique questions from stakeholders and practitioners, the archived Webinar serves as a resource to help practitioners understand the role of SROs in school safety, resources that they can use to prevent school violence, and importance of integrating school violence plans into overall EOPs.

This Webinar recording is played back through Adobe Connect using an Internet connection.