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Register now for the 2023 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference and Expo’s School Track Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
This one-day training, offered free to the first 300 registrants, will focus on a wide array of workshops geared toward improving security and safety in Michigan schools. Attendees will learn how to prepare and address the many potential threats and situations they could face within their school environments, while receiving resources on programs and interventions available to improve school safety.


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Current Trends in School Safety 
LTC Chris Kelenske, Michigan State Police
In this session attendees will learn about the Michigan State Police Office of School Safety and the resources it provides to schools and local law enforcement agencies.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their school safety success stories and challenges during an interactive table-top exercise.

Digital Threat Assessment - How to Identify, Assess and Respond to Online Threats
Susan Payne, Special Advisor to Safe and Sound Schools, and founder and former executive director of Safe2Tell
Safer Schools Together (SST) provides your Safety / Threat Assessment teams with the tools needed to identify if an individual is on the pathway to violence, homicide, suicide, radicalization, or gang associated behavior.     
Nearly 90% of today’s threats are communicated digitally. Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA) training provides participants with direct skills and tools that are effective and can be utilized immediately by your teams. You will learn how to identify digital leakage, check to see if the individual has access to the means to carry out a threat, and proactively reduce the potential of violence within your community.

Practical Tips for Building and Maintaining a Regional Safe Schools Network
Mike Rowher, Assistant Superintendent, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
During this panel discussion, professionals from schools, law enforcement and emergency management provide a roadmap for building a regional safe schools network.  The multi-disciplinary networks built in Allegan, Kent, and Ottawa counties may serve as models for other counties/regions to collaborate on topics such as training, emergency operations plans, infrastructure improvements, threat assessment, and more.  Learn from leaders who have built and maintained these networks to support cohesive practices across multiple agencies.

Sextortion: What it is and What Schools Should Know
DFA Ryan Frazier and D/Tpr. Evan Fezatt, Michigan State Police
Sextortion can start on any site, app, messaging platform, or game where people meet and communicate. In some cases, the first contact from the criminal will be a threat. The person may claim to already have a revealing picture or video of a child that will be shared if the victim does not send more pictures. More often, however, this crime starts when young people believe they are communicating with someone their own age who is interested in a relationship or with someone who is offering something of value. 
After the criminals have one or more videos or pictures, they threaten to publish that content, or they threaten violence, to get the victim to produce more images. The shame, fear, and confusion children feel when they are caught in this cycle often prevents them from asking for help or reporting the abuse.  Schools should understand how the crime occurs and openly discuss online safety.  Learn what schools can do 

Getting the Most Out of Your District’s SROs
Det. Dan Caldwell, Milford Police Department and SRO with Huron Valley Schools
Learning is most effective when schools are safe and welcoming environments for all students and adults. Principals know that their first responsibility is to foster such a culture. School staff, parents, community members, and policymakers continue to affirm that priority. Principals also know that School Resource Officers (SROs) can play an integral role in ensuring the physical safety of a school building and all inside, and these SROs can be an important resource to welcome, counsel, and mentor students. The best SROs, like teachers and administrators, are great educators first.  In this session, school administrators and SROs share strategies for maximizing the SROs in their districts by building transparent, trusting relationships.

The Age of the Coronavirus - What's Next?
Nathan Wolfe, Ph.D., American Virologist and founder of Metabiota Risk Management
Scientist and “virus hunter” Nathan Wolfe rethinks pandemic control for our globalized world. Currently, his focus is
on the roiling social, medical, and economic impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. By concentrating on how
epidemic diseases—such as HIV, SARS, West Nile—all stem from human contact with infected animals, he
discovers new threatening viruses where they first emerge, and he has become a much-sought-after speaker on