We were disappointed to have to cancel our conference this year because of COVID. We were more disappointed to see some Oregon agencies and school districts disband their SRO programs.
Whenever a school board would listen, OSROA did what we could to communicate the truth of who we are and what we actually mean to the school communities we serve. Oregon has less SRO's today than just a few months ago. We know what that means for school safety, and it's not good.
With this in mind, OSROA is planning for our 2021 conference. We will be at Salishan Coastal Lodge July 25 - July 28. While we anticipate the conference will be a bit smaller than we have seen in recent years, the need to have properly trained SRO's and school safety personnel has never been greater.
As for the school districts that no longer have SRO's, we hope that we can connect with whoever replaces those officers and have a chance to train with them. While we hope that some of these programs will return at some point, we plan to continue in our mission of safer schools and safer kids throughout the State of Oregon, and we want to be a resource for whoever is on campus to make that happen.
As for presenters, we will provide more information as it becomes available. .. but we're talking with the fine folks pictured below! We when know more, you'll know more. Be safe.
INTRODUCING OUR 2020 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.
Dr. Bernard James is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University. He teaches courses in Civil Rights, Federalism, Individual Rights, Education Law, State Constitutional Law and Introduction to American Law. Bernie also serves as a senior consultant to the US Department of Justice and he is the contributing legal editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety.
For 2020, Bernie will not be presenting his usual School Law and Policy updates class. This year's session will feature a more focused discussion on important 2019-2020 legislation as well as top court cases on school safety reform. Every school resource officer and educator should be up to date on what the law permits and what it requires on school safety. We are happy to welcome Bernie back to OSROA's School Safety Conference.
“Help For Our Heroes” is an up close and personal training for Police, Fire, Dispatchers, Probation, Corrections and Military. This training showcases how First Responders Suffer in Silence and are afraid to ask for help from their employers. This training session will guide and direct the first responder on how to ask for help as well as the employees’ rights to the Federal Medical Leave Act and how it pertains to public service. This will be an in depth look at what First Responder therapy looks like and how to acquire it to lead a successful life. All over the country First Responders are suffering and committing suicide. This training module will not only show the first responder who may be struggling how to ask for help, but also for their partners and supervisors who recognize there may be an issue with PTSD, Mental Health, Gambling, Alcoholism or Drug Abuse. Carlos Farina will teach present this session with his partner, Rich Wistocki, on Sunday evening.
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.
2019 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 corporate sponsors who helped to make our 2019 conference amazing:
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! https://pace.osba.org/
PACE is a 2019 PLATINUM 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. https://rcss.us/
REECE is a 2019 SILVER level sponsor.
The 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a single, interoperable network for public safety. When Congress established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in 2012, it based its mission on public safety’s express concerns and desires. Over the past several years, FirstNet has collaborated with public safety stakeholders and leadership from each state and territory. https://www.firstnet.com/
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 email@example.com if you have any questions or are interested in supporting OSROA with a tax deductible financial donation.