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School Safety Initiative
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to develop knowledge about the effects of personnel, programs, and activities on school safety in the United States. Funds are available to local education agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are recognized as an LEA and state educational agencies (SEAs). Applicants are expected to enter into an agreement to partner with highly qualified researchers an​d research organizations to test whether an intervention (e.g., additional personnel (such as school resource officers or mental health service providers), programs, policies, or activities) help us understand what works in making schools safer. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 10, 2014.

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Preparedness and Planning

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Cyber Bullying

  • Illinois Attorney General - Stop Cyberbullying
    Provides a variety of resources for kids, teenagers, parents, and educators seeking information and advice about cyberbullying. Also provides information on contacting an Internet Safety Specialist via phone or email if you believe you or someone you know is being bullied online.

  • Cyberbullying Research Center
    Contains up-to-date information for teachers, parents and kids about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

  • Common Sense Media
    Offers trustworthy information and education about media and technology for educators and parents.

  • NetSmartz411
    Great resource for parents with questions about internet safety, computers, and the web.
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Campus Security Task Force

Following the tragic events at Virginia Tech, the State of Illinois established the Campus Security Task Force. This multi-disciplinary task force, comprised of Illinois' top leaders in education, mental health, public safety and law enforcement, has been charged with crafting better, more effective campus security policies. They have also been charged with providing guidance directly to higher education campuses in order to improve mental health support on campus. Below are links to the Task Force's report to the Governor on April 15, 2008.

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Violence Prevention Resources

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Vulnerability Assessments

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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

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Additional Resources


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Webinars and Presentations


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