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School Safety Conference Planned At Western

April 5, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) at Western Illinois University will sponsor a conference on school safety on Friday, May 3, on the Macomb campus.

The conference, "School Safety: Active Shooter Threats to Schools and Their Communities," is designed to address prevention, policy and the state of safety in schools in the event of an active shooter incident. Presenters are current faculty members within the school of LEJA.

The conference is designed for school administrators, law enforcement officials, counselors, school psychologists, social workers and members of the juvenile justice community.

Registration, accepted until Monday, April 29, is $95 and participants can choose to receive documentation for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU), WIU Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Social Worker Contract Hours.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 2
7 p.m. - Conference Reception - WIU Alumni House

Friday, May 3
8 a.m. – Registration - University Union Grand Ballroom

9 a.m. - Welcome

9:15 a.m. – "A History of Public Policy on School Shootings" - Todd Lough, WIU assistant LEJA professor.

10:30 a.m. – "Identifying and Preventing School Violence" - John R. Schafer, retired FBI special agent and assistant WIU professor

11:45 a.m. – Lunch - Keynote – "The Russia Story: What Happened There. What We Don't Want to Happen Here: Law Enforcement Responses to Terrorism and Violence at Schools," Vladimir Sergevnin, director of the Center for Applied Criminal Justice at WIU

1 p.m. – "Cyber Aggression and Schools" - Jill Joline Myers, associate professor and assistant director in Western's LEJA school

2 p.m. – "Protocols During an Active Shooter Event" - Captain Robert Elliot and Trooper Danny Leezer – Illinois State Police

3 p.m. - Panel Discussion: "Schools and Law Enforcement Working Together" - Barry McCrary, assistant WIU professor

The conference is sponsored by the WIU School of LEJA, the Center for Applied Criminal Justice, the WIU Department of Social Work, the School for Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach and the Office of Non-Credit Programs

For more information on this event or to register, visit, or call (866) 933-8964 or (309) 298-1911.

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