HOOVER, Ala., May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Resource Officers (SRO) will learn how to prepare civilians for future active shooter situations during the National Association of School Resource Officers' (NASRO) 25th annual School Safety Conference, which takes place July 5-10, 2015 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.
"Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events: Training of Trainers" is one of many breakout sessions during this year's conference. Leaders of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERRT) of Texas State University will conduct the training, which will teach participants how to advise civilians on what they should do if they are ever involved in an active shooter event. Designed and built on the "avoid, deny, defend" strategy that ALERRT developed, the session will include tactics and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.
NASRO's annual conference will also include a course on bicycle use in law enforcement, presented by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). Bike officers will learn patrol procedures, tactics and night operations, as well as how to prepare for a variety of possible scenarios such as live fire situations, off-road riding and others.
Conference attendees can also learn about starting a narcotics canine program in a session led by Corporal David Scott Grant of the Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office. This session will cover all aspects of using a dog to find illegal narcotics on a school campus, including best practices and legal issues.
Last year, 800 people attended the annual NASRO conference, including SROs and other law enforcement officers, as well as school security and safety officials, school board members, administrators and others interested in school safety. This year's conference promises to be much larger, in part because it will also serve as the state conference of the 600-member Florida Association of School Resource Officers.
The conference offers attendees an opportunity to earn 30 hours of training; visit an exhibit hall with the latest in products, technology and innovations; complete NASRO training courses on-site at no additional charge; and interact with SROs, school administrators, sheriffs and chiefs of police from throughout the country and world. Available training includes NASRO's Basic SRO Course, ideal for law enforcement officers who are newly assigned to work in schools.
More information about the conference, including a complete agenda and online registration, is available at www.nasro.org/conference/.
NASRO is a not-for-profit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO is located in Hoover, Alabama, and was established in 1991.
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Source:National Association of School Resource Officers, Inc.