It appears that the Oregon Senate Education Committee is not planning to vote on SB 238 during this session. This is the bill that would effectively outlaw SRO's in the state. According to COSA, Senator Michael Dembrow (Education Committee Chair) has indicated they plan to focus on another bill: SB 736.
This bill would create a task force to study restorative justice. Sen. Dembrow has indicated that this could be an appropriate forum for a discussion about SRO's and school-based law enforcement.
OSROA applauds the decision to take some time and care prior to making a decision of this magnitude. For those of you who reached out to your local Representatives and Senators, or specifically contacted the Senators on the Education Committee, thank you.
But this is not over...
The SRO is absolutely under attack at this time in our history. Other states have bills similar to SB 238, including Illinois and Maryland. The school board for the Los Angeles Unified School District just voted to remove all officers from their school campuses. People who look at the police and only see evil and racism are working to remove all police from all schools, everywhere.
So what can we do right now?
We need to show people who we truly are. We need to shine a light on the positive effects that SRO's have in our schools and communities. If we want parents, students, faculty and staff - voters - to raise their voices in favor of school-based law enforcement, we need to continue to go out there every day and be the officers we were called to be.
It has never been more important for School Resource Officers, School Security Professionals and School Administrators to train, collaborate and ensure that our SRO programs in Oregon are operating properly.
It has never been more important to understand our role in protecting, mentoring, teaching, coaching and encouraging all of the kids in our schools.
It has never been more important to comprehend current case law and understand the parameters of the SRO's authority.
It has never been more important to practice NASRO's triad model of the SRO: Teacher, Counselor, Cop.
It has never been more important to have a clear and well-written MOU.
It has never been more important for us to recognize that every SRO is an ambassador for their agency and for law enforcement in general.
And it has certainly never been more important for every school-based law enforcement officer and security professional to be committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools, our careers and our lives.
With all of this in mind, OSROA is planning for our 2021 conference. We invite you to join us at Salishan Coastal Lodge July 25 - July 28.
As for those Oregon school districts that no longer have SRO's, we are reaching out in the hope that the school admins, deans and campus monitors left behind will join us and bring those who fill the security positions created to replace those officers.
OSROA's focus goes well beyond just schools and districts with SRO programs. Our mission remains safer schools and safer kids. If your district no longer has SRO's, we invite you to come and train with us this summer.
See our conference page for additional details. Conference registration is now open.
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.
“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 will present this session with his partner, Rich Wistocki.
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 corporate sponsors:
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 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. https://rcss.us/
REECE is a 2021 SILVER level sponsor
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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 email@example.com if you have any questions or are interested in supporting OSROA with a tax deductible financial donation.