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Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar

The Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation is pleased to present the 17th Annual Safe Schools initiative Seminar, scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts (North Campus). This FREE program - While You Don’t Choose Tragedy, You Can Choose Your Response – is supported by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, which was founded in 2006 by Ellen and John-Michael Keyes following a school shooting that took the life of their daughter Emily.

The Foundation is committed to school and community safety, and reunification following a crisis. Its programs have been implemented by over 30,000 schools, police agencies and other organizations across the United States and Canada.

To learn more about this program and its speakers & content, as well as to register for this FREE event, please log onto:


Here is the schedule for the day:

7:15-8:15AM Sign-in & Registration

8:15-8:30AM Welcome and Program Overview

8:30-10:15AM Anticipating the Unthinkable – Carly Posey

Carly tells her story of no one being prepared for what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She shares what went wrong and right on that day, and the days and years to follow. She shares her perspective on the events and how a school community can be proactive and be prepared for the unthinkable, providing real solutions for school safety and recovery.

10:15AM Break

10:30AM-Noon Introduction to the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) and the Standard Reunification Method (SRM) – John-Michael Keyes

The Standard Response Protocol is a proven enhancement to school safety planning. This presentation has been developed to assist law enforcement, school & district personnel, and other first responders & stakeholders in rapidly training the common language and actions of The Standard Response Protocol. The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety and stakeholder teams with proven methods for planning, practicing and achieving a successful reunification in the event of a school crisis or emergency. The conformance of the SRP & SRM to FEMA guidance about plain language and the simplicity of implementation has resulted in thousands of schools and law enforcement agencies implementing these programs.

Noon - 1:00PM Lunch – on own

1:00-4:30PM Platte Canyon HS De-Brief & Leadership Lessons – John-Michael Keyes & AJ DeAndrea (w/break)

This moving presentation will provide rare insights as a victim's father and a SWAT Team Lead share their intertwined experiences of that tragic day in 2006 and beyond, diving deep into the actions and the lessons learned from this hostage crisis and shooting.

This seminar is FREE and open to all who deal with school safety issues, including grade school, middle school, high school and district faculty, staff (administrators, counselors, psychologists, school resource officers, etc.) and school board members; college/university administrators; police officers and law enforcement officials & other first responders; elected officials; and transportation professionals.

The Foundation looks forward to hosting you for this vitally important seminar. Thank you for your support!

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