Preparing for Changes in Personnel

Retention of staff and effective transitions are important for the sustainability of school safety projects. However, all organizations have to manage changes in personnel, and planning is necessary to ensure continuity when the composition of a team changes. This...

Considerations for Social Media Monitoring and Response

As more schools become involved in social media monitoring and response, a variety of logistical, technological, and ethical challenges appear. This document highlights example practices, concerns, and methods for social media monitoring in a school setting. Also...

Systematic Review: Perceptions of School Resource Officers

School Resources Officers (SROs) have become more consistently present in schools around the country. But how do students, teachers, principals, and parents perceive the role and effectiveness of SROs?  To help answer this question, researchers from Michigan...

NIJ Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Publications

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) is a research-focused initiative that brings together the nation’s best minds to increase the safety of schools nationwide. CSSI projects require close collaborations between...

The Science of School Safety

Gun violence may be the most discussed topic surrounding school safety, but it is by no means the only one. Bullying, school climate, and mental health affect students across the country, and are some of the many other issues that the National Institute of Justice...
An Introduction to Restorative Practices

An Introduction to Restorative Practices

What are restorative practices and why are some schools opting to implement them? Restorative practices are one set of strategies that may improve school climate, promote student health and wellbeing, lower discipline rates, and reduce racial disparities...
School Safety Communications Planning Guide

School Safety Communications Planning Guide

Schools must communicate their safety plans in a clear, accessible, and timely manner in order to help build and maintain trust with their community. This guide is intended to help school leaders strategize sharing school safety-related initiatives and news with...

Physical Security Measures Overview

Designed for school personnel, the Physical Security Measures Overview provides a snapshot of what physical security measures are and how they can be implemented in a school. This tool highlights research-based considerations and evidence on specific security...

2022 STOP Solicitation

The Students, Teachers, Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve K-12 school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence and ensure a...

The Causes and Consequences of School Violence: A Review

Abstract: Although school violence is on the decline, it remains a significant concern for the general public, policymakers, and researchers. This report commissioned by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) takes a comprehensive look at the state of the research on...

2021 Training Needs Assessment Report

Data compiled from 2018-2020 STOP grantee survey responses and NCSS review of 2020 STOP proposals. Purpose The Training Needs Assessment is a tool that allows NCSS to better understand STOP grantee experiences implementing school safety strategies, their specific...

Leading through Crises

In the third and final episode of this series, Dr. Linda Henderson-Smith discusses leading through a crisis and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Henderson-Smith discusses how leaders can create a trauma-informed culture, guide their schools during times...