Cal U to Host School Shooting Prevention Forum

Aug 09, 2019

Law enforcement officials and school administrators will discuss crisis prevention and response Aug. 21-22.

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Cal U will host a School Shooting Prevention Leadership Forum from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 in the Convocation Center. 

Presented as a partnership between the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) and the School Safety Advocacy Council (SSCA), the program is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and resources needed to improve school security and assist police and school officials in developing coordinated crisis response plans. 

Speakers include retired police Chief Tony Pustizzi, a 30-year veteran of the Coral Springs Police Department, who responded with his agency to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

Forum topics include a review of school security and threat concerns; the dynamics of an active assailant situation; coordinating a multi-agency response with law enforcement, fire departments, EMS and schools; and conducting a school security assessment. 

“This much-needed training is provided by individuals who have actually experienced such tragedies and can offer keen insights regarding prevention and crisis response,” says Dr. John Cencich, a professor in Cal U’s Department of Criminal Justice. 

The two-day leadership forum is recommended for law enforcement commanders; school administrators, resource officers and security directors; and fire and emergency services officials. 

Registration is online at Cost is $275 for FBINAA members, $300 for others. Discounts are available to active members of FBI National Academy Associates, FBINAA Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association. 

About the presenters

Based in Quantico, Va., FBI National Academy Associates Inc. is a nonprofit, international organization of 17,000 senior law enforcement professionals whose members are graduates of the FBI’s prestigious National Academy Program.

The School Safety Advocacy Council provides school safety training and services to school districts, law enforcement agencies and communities nationwide. The SSAC has performed services for the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice and its centers. 

About Cal U’s programs

Cal U offers a 100% online Threat Assessment and Management in Schools certificate program. The university also offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in criminal justice.