Criminal Justice News

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Protect Your School...With the Launch of an App

You can now download SchoolSafe, a new app from the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) that takes you step-by-step through your school to identify and address trouble spots. To receive your free copy of SchoolSafe, visit to request a code that will allow secure download to one device; the app is available only to vetted criminal justice professionals and school administrators, so please make your request from an official agency email address, not from a personal email address. Or, if you are attending the IACP Conference in Chicago on October 24-27, stop by our booth number 3017 with your business card demonstrating your affiliation with a law enforcement agency or school system and get your free download code.

Using SchoolSafe, you can conduct a physical assessment of your campus - inside and out - by walking around and answering a series of simple questions using your hand-held device. The free app, available for iPhone and iPad, helps promote awareness and foster prevention using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, and allows school resource officers, school administrators and other first responders to receive no-cost emergency planning assistance without leaving campus.  An Android version will be available soon.

Divided into 10 sections, SchoolSafe begins by helping users summarize a school's demographics and assessment history, then examines various internal and external considerations. Users can start assessments and return to complete them at their convenience, and SchoolSafe allows them to attach photographs to illustrate areas that are particularly troublesome...or particularly outstanding. The app generates an easy-to-ready report in email format that can be shared with supervising officers, school system administrators and other stakeholders. SchoolSafe can generate assessments on multiple schools, and users can update existing assessments with new information, allowing for easy retrieval and storage in a central location.

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