As I reflect on our 2021 school safety conference, I am so appreciative of everyone who came out to Salishan this year. After several Oregon SRO programs were shut down in 2020, we wondered what our attendance was going to look like, and we recognized that the need for educators and law enforcement to build bridges together has never been more important.
Part of building those bridges is taking the lessons we learn back to our schools, putting them into practice and being a valuable member of your safety team. However, we also recognize and value the bridge building that occurs at the conference itself. To make that happen, the OSROA board has worked for years to attract more non-sworn school safety team members.
This year, for the first time
more than 1/3 of our attendees
were not law enforcement!
I want to extend a special thank you to these folks. Your being here served to help build a few of those bridges, and another successful conference means that OSROA will continue to be a voice in the State of Oregon advocating for the continued presence of school-based law enforcement.
Looking towards the future, we want to be sure we are doing all we can to strengthen existing SRO programs, bring back some SRO positions we lost in 2020, and even add some new ones. We believe that the SRO is a living embodiment of community-oriented policing, and that having officers in schools, connecting with our kids in non-enforcement situations, is a great way to build trust between the police and our communities.
After a well-earned break, the OSROA board will convene and begin casting a vision for 2022. Part of that is going to be planning another great conference. Part of it will be doing what we can to encourage and empower people to reach out to our state legislators and voice support for SRO’s.
The folks who want all cops out of all Oregon schools are not going to stop working towards their goal, so we cannot sit back and assume that things are going to go “back to normal.” I think we’re living in a new normal, and we need to adjust to it. Like Kevin Campbell told us during his presentation, we cannot wait for a crisis to start building relationships. We need to make sure our voices are heard, and we need our supporters to do the same.
More on that later. For now, thanks so much for coming out and supporting the Oregon School Resource Officers Association. When you’re back in your schools, please tell the folks who were not with us about your conference experience. Then let’s make 2022 even bigger and better!
Thank You and God Bless.
INTRODUCING OUR 2021 OSROA SCHOOL SAFETY CONFERENCE PRESENTERS:
Det. Rich Wistocki
Identifying and Intercepting School Violence
Through Cyber Investigations
Law Enforcement and School Officials need the proper information when responding to threats of school violence online, especially when there is “Leakage” and the posting party is targeting students and school personnel. The LEO and School Administrator must obtain crucial information and evidence and initiate due process paperwork in a timely manner. The LEO will then continue the investigation and use the Exigent Circumstances protocol to get the appropriate information. Identifying the perpetrator immediately provides the ability to act quickly and proactively to reduce the threat of school shootings and other forms of violence.
NASRO Training Director, Kerri Williamson, holds a B.S. in Sociology from Jacksonville State University and a Master’s degree in Education. She has over 18 years of experience as a facilitator of school safety-related training for school resource officers, educators, adolescents, and members of the community across the United States and in Ukraine. Kerri plans and coordinates all training aspects for NASRO's annual conference and oversees development of all NASRO course curricula. Kerri is an active NASRO course instructor. She also has five years teaching experience at the middle school level. Kerri has served on working committees for numerous school safety projects and is currently involved with curricula development for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Community Policing Services. Kerri's presentation will focus on Juvenile Mental Health.
Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LCMHC
Dr. Melissa Reeves is an Associate Professor at Winthrop University. She is the Past-President of the National Association of School Psychologists, a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed clinical mental health counselor, and licensed special education teacher. She has over 19-years experience working in public schools, a private school, and day and residential treatment programs. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, trauma and PTSD, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is a senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates and also an advisor for Safe and Sound Schools, an organization founded by two parents who lost their children in the Sandy Hook tragedy. She has authored multiple books and publications focusing on school safety and trauma.
Kevin is co-founder and CEO of The Victory Group, Inc., a Salem-based public affairs consulting and lobbying business that was launched in 1995 to help quality organizations navigate the tricky waters of the Oregon Legislative process with an approach that prioritizes integrity, competence and goodwill. He brings over two decades of experience and an impressive track record of Legislative advocacy accomplishments to his work. In addition, Mr. Campbell continues to serve as Executive Director of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, a position he has held for the past 26 years and also serves as the government affairs representative for both the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. Kevin will talk about demystifying the legislative process, an important topic in an age when some in Salem are trying to outlaw SRO's. Kevin and his wife, Marie, live in Keizer. They have two grown children and two wonderful grandchildren.
Kurt W. Miller
Kurt is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. His educational background includes: J.D., cum laude, Willamette College of Law (2008), B.A.S., summa cum laude, Arizona State University (2002), A.A.S., highest honors, Glendale Community College (1999). Kurt has been with DOJ since 2018, where he focuses on publications, search and seizure, and digital evidence. Previously, he was a Deputy District Attorney with the Marion County DA’s Office, prosecuting both adult and juvenile cases. Kurt has been a legal instructor at the state public safety academy since 2013. Prior to becoming an attorney, Kurt spent six years as a police officer in Glendale, AZ where he performed various duties including: Field Training Officer, Tactical Operations Unit (SWAT), and Vehicular Homicide Investigator. Kurt also served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter crew chief instructor for seven years with a tour in Operation Restore Hope; Somalia, Africa.
Shelley is the lead school psychologist in sexual incident assessment and management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools and chairs the Mid-Valley Sexual Incident Response Committee Team. She has experience providing assessment and consultation services for special education and high risk circumstance in both clinical and educational settings. After several years with Willamette ESD she joined Salem Keizer in 2012 to coordinate and develop the Sexual Incident Response Committee (SIRC), providing program oversight, staff training and consultation regarding problematic sexual behavior and criminal sexual misconduct within a student population. Shelley also serves on Marion County’s MDT SBU-12 committee, the Mid Valley Student Threat Assessment Team and the Marion County Threat Advisory Team. Shelley provides training and consultation regarding the mitigation of sexual harm and the implementation of the Salem-Keizer Sexual Incident Response Committee System to districts and community agencies throughout the region.
Courtenay is the lead school psychologist in student threat assessment and management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools, is chair of the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team and is a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team. She helped refined the Salem-Keizer threat assessment system to reflect leading practice in behavioral threat assessment, violence prevention, early intervention, and equitable practices. Courtenay has experience in threat management, psychoeducational evaluation, intervention with at-risk youth and families, and behavioral intervention. As a certified threat manager and nationally certified school psychologist, she provides training on student threat assessment systems implementation and youth violence to school districts and community agencies throughout the nation. Courtenay is a contributing author to the book, Assessing Student Threats: Implementing the Salem-Keizer System – Second Edition (Van Dreal, 2017).
“Help For Our Heroes” is an up close and personal training for Police, Fire, Dispatchers, Probation, Corrections and Military, who often suffer in silence and are afraid to ask for help. The session will guide and direct the first responder on how to do that, as well as the employees’ rights to the Federal Medical Leave Act and how it pertains to public service. All over the country First Responders are suffering and even committing suicide. This training module is not just for those who need the help. It will also help their partners/supervisors to recognize there may be an issue with PTSD, Mental Health, Gambling, Alcoholism or Drug Abuse. Rich Wistocki will present this session with his partner, Adam Mogul. Adam is a retired police officer of 25 years with Ocean Township PD. He was a Training Officer, Domestic Violence Liaison, a Sergeant over Patrol and Communications, and he was on the SWAT Team for 8 years.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Callen moved to Oregon in 2009 to attend law school. Callen has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 2012. She rejoined OSBA’s legal department in November 2020, after previously working there from 2017-2019. Prior to joining OSBA, Callen worked for Garrett Hemann Robertson, providing legal services to educational institutions on a variety of labor and employment matters. She has also served as a civil rights policy analyst for the Oregon Department of Education, and a deputy county attorney for both Coos and Linn County. Callen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Hamilton College, and a Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University College of Law. Callen is admitted to practice law in all Oregon state and federal courts. She is an active member in the community, serving on the Salem Library Advisory Board. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking and exploring Oregon with her family.
Julianne serves as both Director of Safety and Communication for Bend-La Pine Schools and the Regional Director of Safety for the High Desert Educational Service District. She facilitates the region’s Safe Schools Alliance, sits on several multi-disciplinary agency teams, and oversees the district's SRO program. In addition to these primary roles, Julianne has been called upon to set up communications systems after the attack at UCC, served as a liaison to incident command at the High Desert Museum after a hostage situation, as the JIC Manager for the 2017 Eclipse and Symbiosis event, as JIC Manager for the Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties COVID-19 response, and is currently a Liaison for the Deschutes County COVID-19 Incident Command team. Repman is an innovative thinker who often finds solutions for issues that increase communications and safety, often before they become issues. These efforts increase productivity, support and empathy for district programs and initiatives while increasing student, family and staff affinity.
Rick Puente is the Vice President of the Oregon School Resource Officers Association and the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police for the Beaverton School District. Rick has served in law enforcement and investigations for 27 years, with the past 17 years focused on school safety and youth intervention. Rick has served in many law enforcement roles throughout his career, but states his favorite role was being a School Resource Officer. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and cultural understanding to the role of the SRO. Rick will kick off the conference on Sunday evening with some insight regarding the role of the SRO and how that role has changed and evolved over the years. If you have attended our conference in recent years, and are familiar with Rick's humor and infectious attitude, you know this presentation is not to be missed. Rick resides in Woodburn, Oregon where he lives with his wife of 21 years and 3 children.
OSROA is comprised of dedicated professionals committed to providing service, training, and support to our school communities by fostering safe, secure, and healthy learning environments for our youth.
2021 SCHOOL SAFETY CONFERENCE SPONSORS
The OSROA board works hard every year to provide quality training while keeping our conference affordable. We want to recognize and thank our 2021 sponsors:
Verkada is the leader in cloud-based enterprise building security. By building high-end hardware on an intuitive, cloud-based software platform, modern enterprises are able to run safer, smarter buildings across all of their locations. More than 5,000 organizations, including 28 Fortune 500 companies, use Verkada to protect people and assets, secure facilities, and gain new insights that improve the efficiency of their operations. Verkada’s vision is to be the operating system that runs every building in the world. www.verkada.com
Verkada is a 2021 GOLD level sponsor
The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) formed PACE in 2006 and are working together to keep Oregon students safe, reduce risks and conserve member resources. PACE is the primary comprehensive Insurance Provider for over 200 educational programs and school districts across Oregon. This year, PACE and OSROA have partnered to provide you the best conference experience by starting your day off on the right foot with a hearty breakfast! pace.osba.org
PACE is a 2021 GOLD level sponsor
Cerakote is a division of NIC Industries, Inc. and was founded in 1984 with a focus on manufacturing the highest performing line of ceramic coatings available anywhere in the world. Cerakote is used by more firearm manufacturers than any other coating, making Cerakote the world leader in firearm coatings.
Portland-based REECE Complete Security Solutions is known for their outstanding service and support. They offer the industry best in access control, video surveillance, intrusion monitoring and fire safety, working proudly with a wide range of businesses, school districts and government agencies. www.rcss.us
REECE is a 2021 SILVER level sponsor
OSROA is a chartered state association under the banner of the National Association of School Resource Officers. Our partnership extends back to OSROA's founding in 2003. We support NASRO's mission of making schools and children safer by providing the highest quality training to school-based law enforcement officers. OSROA encourages all Oregon SRO's to take advantage of these valuable training opportunities, especially their basic and advanced SRO courses. For our 2021 conference, NASRO has provided financial assistance that allows us to bring Dr. Melissa Reeves to the Oregon Coast all the way from South Carolina.
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Membership is attained by submitting an application for membership or by attending our Annual School Safety Conference. There is no charge to become an OSROA member.
PRESIDENT MIKE JACKSON
As OSROA president, I make it my priority to ensure that this association continues to offer the highest quality training, stays financially solvent and remains the go-to school law reference for SRO’s and educators in Oregon. We take pride in making our school safety conference informative and fun. It is my honor and privilege to serve the men and women of OSROA and I hope that you will take some time to peruse our website and learn about us. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are interested in supporting OSROA with a tax deductible financial donation.