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SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TRAININGS AND SUPPORT SERVICES OFFERED
BY THE PARTNERSHIP FOR RESULTS

Principal Trainer:  Don Shomette, Senior Crime Prevention and School Safety Trainer (CV

(Pricing available upon request.  Please contact either Philip B. Uninsky at (315) 282 0005 ext. 12; uninsky@partnershipforresults.org
or Don Shomette at (540) 633 1314;  dshomette@partnershipforresults.org

 

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TRAININGS AND SUPPORT SERVICES OFFERED
BY THE PARTNERSHIP FOR RESULTS: PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

 

Safety by Colors - Teacher focused Emergency Response

One-day training (on site): Safety by Color is a research-based crime and violence prevention program that was developed by School Resource Officers, special education teachers, building administrators, and school support staff under the guidance of Don Shomette in the 1990s. It has been implemented in primary and secondary schools in West Virginia, South Carolina, New York and throughout the state of Virginia. Safety by Color was thoroughly reviewed and recommended for widespread implementation by the New York State Education Department’s validation program, Sharing Success.

Safety by Color is an innovative tool designed for the most important persons in the prevention of dangerous or risk-taking behavior or its escalation into a crisis – teachers. Safety by Color training of school security officers enables them to develop, for every teacher, a color-coded prevention reference flipchart that is tailored to a particular room and easily implement in after an introductory review.

The elements of Safety by Color:

  • Six color-coded scenarios to maximize the ability of the teacher to maintain order while minimizing incidental violence. (These can be expanded or reduced in number to accommodate each school’s particular situation.)

  • Map of primary and secondary evacuation routes for each classroom.

  • Accountability forms to ensure maximum preparedness by each teacher.

  • Alert arrow door hanger to communicate particular needs to school security personnel.

Safety by Color is both a stand-alone program as well as an important enhancement to emergency response and crisis management programs (ERCM), which are designed to galvanize core staff to implement a school-wide response and to manage a crisis. ERCM typically is a critical, top down component of school security. By contrast, Safety by Color enables, once a color code is announced, the immediate implementation of a carefully scripted, context specific strategy that is from the classroom out. Safety by Color enables, once a color code is announced, the immediate implementation of a carefully scripted, context specific strategy that is from the classroom out. School administrators will have a Safety by Color binder that indicates, for each critical situation, the appropriate color code. When a color is announced, all teachers in the building will use their flipcharts to guide their actions, guaranteeing that all crises, controlled or expanding, will have the appropriate response at the classroom level with a minimum of ongoing training or technical assistance.

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and School Safety Audits

Two-day training (on site): CPTED (pronounced sep-ted) is a proven crime prevention model that is being used internationally, both in public and private settings, to reduce or eliminate crime, whether serious or minor in scope. The school-based model was refined in the early 1970’s, but it relies on principles that have been employed to good effect for far longer. CPTED is a research-based, ecological approach to preventing crime. Wider in scope than traditional methods, it requires a specialized set of skills.

The Partnership for Results’ CPTED training teaches participants to systematically examine the physical attributes of a delimited ‘zone’ and to develop approaches to shaping the environment to be resistant to crime by decreasing the opportunity or possibility for illegal activities. CPTED enhances the capacity for effective deterrence and natural surveillance, and it is oriented toward preventing all violent, drug, and property crimes, both minor and significant. Preventing ‘lesser’ crimes is as important as preventing more serious offenses, since minor delinquency and crime often leads to more serious behaviors.

The CPTED training provided by Don Shomette covers the major crime prevention through environmental design strategies, which have been validated by the National Crime Prevention Institute. They are summarized below:

  1. Providing clearly marked transitional zones to clearly delineate public, semi-public, and private spaces in schools. As transitional definition increases, the range of excuses for improper behavior is reduced;

  2. Relocating gathering areas in locations with good natural surveillance and access control. Congregating areas on school grounds may be placed in positions that are out of the view of undesired individuals to decrease the magnetic effect or attraction.

  3. Relocating vulnerable activities in more controlled or otherwise safer locations can help overcome risk and make users of these areas feel safer.

  4. Redesignating the use of space to provide natural barriers by separating conflicting activities by distance, by natural terrain, or by other functions can help prevent conflict.

  5. Improving scheduling of space can reduce the risk and perception of risk among the school community.

  6. Redesigning space to increase the perception of natural surveillance can deter non-normative activities in schools; those inclined to commit crimes, for example, do not feel at greater risk of detection when they are unaware of surveillance; windows, clear lines of sight, and other “natural” surveillance techniques are often as effective as costly mechanical security devices or increased numbers of security officers.

  7. Overcoming distance and isolation through improved communications and design efficiencies can increase the perception of natural surveillance and control; locating unsupervised spaces or activities near supervised or heavily used areas can increase convenience, increase the perception of safety, and lower maintenance costs related to vandalism;

Participants, school security officers, school safety teams, and administrative personnel, are trained in the use of a comprehensive checklist that combines the nation's best school facility assessment measures into one source for assessing the safety and security of school buildings and grounds. It includes numerous CPTED measures covering school surroundings, school grounds, buildings and facilities, communications systems, building access control and surveillance, utility systems, mechanical systems, and emergency power. The checklist is designed to be updated and may be used for planning and designing new facilities or assessing existing ones.

Overall, the CPTED training enables participants to achieve several essential goals for their schools:

  • To enhance natural surveillance activities which enlist students, parents, and visitors to assist in preventing crime.

  • To reshape the school environment in order to reduce conflict in the halls, classrooms, lunchrooms, and other areas.

  • To design and utilize space to support to deter or deny the possibility of unlawful activity while supporting the use of space as intended.

  • To assist the school community in claiming ownership of the campus, thereby reducing incidents of crime and lowering levels of fear.

  • To conduct systematic safety audits of schools, including: the identification of strengths and weaknesses in the definition of classroom and border areas; lighting and landscaping; and patterns of movement .

The proposed CPTED training is intended to implement a quintessential prevention program. It neither overlaps with, nor in any way, interferes with the already conducted emergency response and crisis management training and materials, which assist staff to manage school-based crises once they have begun..

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Five Powers to Succeed as an SRO: Perspective, Purpose, Encouragement, Communication, and Attachment

One-day training (on site):  Unlike any other SRO training program, Five Powers focuses on helping SROs develop positive relationships with students and school staff and gain their trust so that they become effective allies in crime and violence prevention and detection. The training provides SROs concrete strategies and practices designed to implement the five power.  It is also oriented to helping SROs improve the chances that students will develop positive attitudes to school and their peers.

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SRO Support Services

Officer Support:  One-on-One Intensive Training

One day of training per two (2) SROs (on site):  One-on-One is an intensive shadowing and tune-up for SROs to reinforce basic SRO skills, with a follow-up report and three months of remote e-mail and telephone follow-up support.

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SRO ToolBox

One-day training (on site): Overview of Training: The SRO Toolbox is a fast-paced, interactive training that teaches the SRO how to capture and keep the attention of students in any setting. Whether the SRO is conveying information in the classroom, leading a small group, or mentoring an individual student, each participant will be given the techniques as well as tools to succeed.

Objectives: The primary objectives of this training are:

  1. To equip the SRO to succeed in the classroom by developing or enhancing effective presentation skills.

  2. To encourage the SRO to present as often as possible by raising their confidence as well as decrease classroom preparation time by providing each SRO a total of 40 law related lesson plans, 40 attention getters, and other materials to foster student contact.

  3. To enable the SRO to utilize entertaining classroom openers and games to encourage active and willing classroom participation of students.

  4. To train the SRO how to effectively communicate/mentor the difficult student.

  5. To protect the SRO from ‘burnout’ by equipping the officer with the proper mindset and skills to be resistant to the pressures of overload.

Among the topics in the SRO Toolbox are:

  • SRO Awareness (sample lesson plan)
  • Grief
  • Internet Safety
  • Safe & Responsible Skating
  • Refusal Techniques
  • Stress Management
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Bullying
  • Driving under the Influence
  • Stranger Safety
  • Depression
  • Steroid Abuse
  • Hate Crimes
  • Drug abuse and your Family
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Latch Key Kid Safety
  • Going to Court
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Marijuana
  • Stimulants
  • U.S Amendments
  • Rape
  • School Bus Safety
  • Halloween Safety
  • 911
  • Peer pressure
  • Self-esteem
  • Date Rape
  • Inhalants
  • Child Abuse
  • Club Drugs
  • Anger
  • Shoplifting
  • Making Good Decisions
  • Depressants
  • Tobacco
  • SRO Awareness Class
  • Gangs
  • Protect Your Car from Theft

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