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Oklahoma Homeland Security Offers Security Training to Secondary Schools and Law Enforcement
3/7/2008

Training is first step for districts to apply for Homeland Security grant funding for security enhancements

Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) today announced a training opportunity for secondary school personnel and local law enforcement officials. The School Security Assessment Training is offered by OKOHS at no charge and will provide those in attendance with the skills to conduct an assessment of security at school facilities.

This training is the initial phase of the OKOHS Education Grant Program. OKOHS will make available ten grants of $25,000 each to Oklahoma secondary school districts. Applications will be available this fall. In order to be eligible to apply for one of the ten competitive grants, law enforcement and superintendent representatives from the school district must attend one of the School Security Assessment Training courses as a team.

This grant program is building off the successful 2006 OKOHS Education Grant Program which was the first time a state provided homeland security grant funding to public schools for security enhancements.

“This is an opportunity for school district personnel and their primary law enforcement agency to receive the training to assess the security at school buildings,” said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security Director. “This training program is a direct result of feedback we received from school administrators participating in our pilot Education Grant Program. It is also a way to promote collaboration between educators and the local police department or sheriff’s office to better protect our students.”

The School Security Assessment Training covers many security issues facing schools today such as potential threats, school shootings (including how to prevent these incidents), school bus security concerns and the difference between and need for both emergency plans and security assessments.

The courses will be offered from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the following dates:

March 26-27, 2008 in Fairview
April 2-3, 2008 in Bartlesville
April 9-10, 2008 in Muskogee
April 16-17, 2008 in McAlester
April 23-24, 2008 in Oklahoma City
May 6-7, 2008 in Tulsa
May 8-9, 2008 in Oklahoma City

“We know there is not enough grant funding to change the security landscape at every school in the state. But, our goal is to provide a comprehensive training program that provides educators and law enforcement the tools and resources to go back to their community and have an immediate impact on the security of their children.”

Participants can register for one of the courses by visiting www.homelandsecurity.ok.gov, going to the Training and Education page and clicking on the Training calendar. Information on the School Security Assessment Training will also be included in the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s upcoming issue of Administrative Focus.

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