News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 8:40 a.m.
Legislators, educators and law enforcement will learn more about the plans of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety to help create safer schools at a School Safety Briefing called "Preventing, Mitigating and Effectively Responding to School Safety Threats," scheduled for Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training (4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem). The media is invited to attend.
"For the past two years, the efforts of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety have centered on developing strategies to reduce targeted violence," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, who serves as the OTFSS chair. "Prevention is possible if we recognize and intervene to help students at risk for violence."
Nationally recognized school safety and violence prevention expert William Modzeleski will address attendees on the latest findings about preventing school violence.
At the School Safety Briefing, attendees will learn about two of the major recommendations from the report including the launch of the statewide tip line known as SafeOregon, and the statewide student threat assessment model -- a coordinated prevention approach.
SafeOregon is a statewide tip line aimed at giving students, school staff, or members of the public a way to report a threat or potential threat to student safety. The statewide tip line is a place that can also serve as an avenue for youth seeking help for self-harm and other issues.
For more information on SafeOregon please visit www.safeoregon.com.
The proposed threat assessment model will offer all school districts a consistent, structured approach that will help schools respond to threats of harm and give needed support.
The Oregon Task Force on School Safety released a plan to improve school safety in the November 2015 Report to the Oregon State Legislature, available as a PDF here.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office