Oregon Senate Bill 238, which would effectively outlaw SRO's in Oregon, is tabled for the time being. There is, however, continuing discussion at the state level about school-based law enforcement. Make no mistake, those who vilify the police are working hard to remove SRO's from our schools. They will not stop until they have taken away the rights and freedoms of individual communities to authorize agreements between their school districts and law enforcement agencies. The SRO is absolutely under attack right now like no other time in our history.
We need to remind 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 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, to comprehend current case law, and to understand the parameters of the SRO's authority.
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 SRO to be committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools, our careers and our lives.
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 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. Registration is 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.
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.
Additional presenters bios coming soon...
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 email@example.com if you have any questions or are interested in supporting OSROA with a tax deductible financial donation.