Conference Addresses Technology, School Safety

Posted: January 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

“School Safety: Technologies, Research, and Emerging Concepts” begins tomorrow and continues through Friday, Jan. 25, at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City. The focus of the conference is to identify and understand appropriate and inappropriate uses of technology to keep America’s schools safe.

“This conference brings together school administrators, law enforcement officers, university researchers, and technology developers and producers to exchange information about the best strategies for school safety,” says Allan Turner, research professor in George Mason’s Center for Justice Leadership and Management and a National Institute of Justice administrator. “Typically, school administrators and law enforcement officers don’t have the technical expertise necessary to make choices about technology options, and this conference provides a forum where they can learn about appropriate and inappropriate uses of technology.”

The conference also addresses basic strategies and comprehensive approaches that contribute to safe schools; federal funding for school safety; and current research programs. Discussion topics include problem solving practices, critical incident planning and response, concealed weapons and drug detection, targeted violence, and gang resistance education and training.

Cosponsors of the conference are the Center for Justice Leadership and Management; National Institute of Justice and Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice; and School Security Technologies and Resource Center, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy.

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