Task Force releases recommendations to improve school safety at Nov. 18 briefing; Gov. Brown in attendance

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 8:29 a.m.


COVER: Oregon Task Force School Safety - Report to the Oregon State LegislatureUPDATE:  The Oregon Task Force on School Safety's Report to the Oregon Legislature (PDF format) is now available as a download at the top of the Task Force webpage.

Salem, Ore. -- On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Governor Kate Brown will join Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, Chair of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, on behalf of the entire Task Force, for the release of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety report.

Media is welcome to attend the briefing, scheduled for Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

"This report is the result of countless hours of work with our partners in school safety," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "With the recent shooting on the UCC campus in Roseburg and other incidents across our state and nation, it is clear we need to do everything we can to help make our schools safer."

Also scheduled to attend the press briefing is Jennifer Hoffman, mother of 14-year old Emilio Hoffman, who was killed in the Reynolds High School shooting on June 10, 2014. Hoffman has become an advocate for youth mental-health awareness and school safety in the wake of her son's death.

In 2014, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, establishing the Oregon Task Force on School Safety (OTFSS). The OTFSS was tasked with coming up with strategies to more effectively respond to school violence and active-shooter situations.

The Task Force began meeting in August 2014 -- studying data and hearing presentations from a variety of experts in school safety and related fields.

The Task Force's report to the Oregon Legislature looks at how school officials and law enforcement can work together to help prevent school shootings. Partnerships with school leadership, first responders, mental-health professionals and the community are critical to overall school safety. Recommendations and study areas in the report include a statewide school-floorplan database, standardized terminology, a tip line, a statewide threat-assessment system and additional online resources.

The Task Force report will be available for download as a PDF on Wednesday from the Task Force website.

Members of the Task Force will be available for interviews following the Nov. 18 press event. 


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