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School Safety Conference 2023

The Committee on Policing and Safeguarding Schools is pleased to announce our second annual C-PASS School Safety Training Conference and Networking Dinner.

This three and a half day event is scheduled for February 20-23, 2023 at the Excelsior Springs Event Center, 11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


Dr. Amanda Nickerson

Bullying and Crisis Prevention

Amanda Nickerson, PhD, NCSP, is a Professor and Director of the Dr. Jean M. Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Dr. Nickerson’s research focuses on school crisis prevention and intervention, with a particular emphasis on violence and bullying. She has examined the role of schools, parents, and peers in preventing violence and enhancing the social-emotional strengths of children and adolescents.


Dr. Nickerson is the lead author of Assessing, Identifying, and Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at School (2009, Springer), co-author of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2009, 2016, National Association of School Psychologists [NASP]), and co-editor of Handbook of School Violence and School Safety: International Research and Practice, 2nd Edition (2012, Routledge).


She has published over 95 journal articles and book chapters. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Educational Research Association, the NYS Office of Child and Family Services, The Committee for Children, and the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.



Threat Assessment

The National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) was established as a component of the Secret Service in 1998 to provide research and guidance in direct support of the Secret Service protective mission, and to others with public safety responsibilities.

The center’s staff is composed of a multidisciplinary team of social science researchers and regional program managers who support and empower our partners in law enforcement, schools, government, and other public and private sector organizations to combat the ever-evolving threat of targeted violence impacting communities across the United States.

NTAC will provide Analysis of recent active school shooter cases, and assets that NTAC can provide to local LE agencies and SRO's.


Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut

Mass Shootings in Schools: Lessons from tragedy and opportunities for prevention and response

Jaclyn the Executive Director of the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium at the Rockefeller Institute of Government.. Her research focuses on school and mass shootings in the United States in regard to crime statistics, media representations, security and prevention, legislative responses, and other important considerations that impact individuals and communities struck by these tragedies.


She has published in numerous academic journals, and her research has been cited by the news media locally, nationally, and even internationally.  She prides herself on providing an honest and genuine account of these events and their impacts, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with communities impacted by these events, including working with individuals from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and others.


A former resident of Orlando and the Parkland area, each of which has experienced its own mass shooting (Pulse Nightclub, 2016 and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 2018), Jaclyn is committed to helping change the narrative about these events and encouraging a proactive approach to safety and prevention.


See below for a list of presenters and topics

Dr. Dewey Cornell

Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D. is a forensic clinical psychologist and Professor of Education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. He holds the Virgil Ward Chair in Education. Dr. Cornell is Director of the UVA Virginia Youth Violence Project and a faculty associate of Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy.


During his clinical and academic career, Dr. Cornell has worked with juvenile and adult violent offenders, testified in criminal proceedings and legislative hearings, and consulted on violence prevention efforts. He has authored more than 200 publications in psychology and education, including studies of juvenile homicide, school safety, bullying, and threat assessment.


He is the principal author of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, which is an evidence-based model of school threat assessment used in schools across the United States and Canada. He also led the development of the Authoritative School Climate Survey as a student and staff measure of school climate and safety conditions.


He is currently directing studies of school climate and school threat assessment with funding from the U. S. Department of Justice.  A major emphasis in his work is the elimination of racial inequities in school discipline and educational outcomes.


Vernon House

LGBTQIA and Sensitivity

NYPD Supervisor of School Safety, Vernon House, will take the SRO through the journey of navigating these difficult topics in a school setting.

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James Englert

Arapahoe High Debrief

As much as we prepare and train for emergencies, there are always things we don’t expect.


In this session, James Englert provides first-hand details of the shooting at Arapahoe High School from the perspective of a school resource officer  on scene.


Tom Czyz

The lessons learned from the lives lost

The Uvalde Debrief

Tom Czyz is an American former homicide detective, police officer, and SWAT team operator.  


He is the founder and chief executive officer of Armoured One, a safety and security company with its focuses on active shooter training, security assessments, security glass and security film. 


Tom is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in active shooter, school security
and motivational speaking. His work has been featured by the Rolling Stones, Forbes Magazine,
Netflix, Viewpoint, numerous local, national, international, and global news outlets. 


Tom will present on not only what went wrong in Uvalde, but what could have been done to prevent the attack in the first place. Correcting these same issues in other schools will not only save
lives in the future but also honor the victims.


Sheriff Whitcomb

 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
To protect and serve those that protect and serve

Sheriff Whitcomb became the Sheriff on August 18th, 2009. Sheriff Whitcomb was elected in November 2009 to a full four-year term, commencing January 1, 2010. Since 1997 he has been in law enforcement, including 7 years working major crimes in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. It was in this role that he was recognized as the Blue and Gold Officer of the Year in October 2000.


Sheriff Whitcomb possesses a Masters degree in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University and is a certified police instructor in the areas of Interview and Interrogation, Basic and Advanced Juvenile Officer Training, the Investigation of Sex Crimes, and the Law Enforcement Response to School Violence. Sheriff Whitcomb is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI’s National Academy and his specialized training includes Crisis Negotiation with the Los Angeles Police Department, Death Scene Management with the FBI, and a Sex Offense Seminar with the New York State Police. He has also recently been certified as a SWAT Team fitness specialist.


Dan Rector

Standard Reunification Method

Dan is an emergency management professional with over 15 years of experience in homeland security and emergency management operations.


He is a military veteran with 12 years of active duty experience. He served as a Damage Control Petty Officer in the U.S Coast Guard and as a Survey Team Chief on a National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. Dan has worked as a contractor for both military and private sector clients designing exercises and conducting training.


He has extensive experience conducting threat identification, hazard analysis, training program development, and exercise design/evaluation.

Join Dan Rector as he presents a course on Reunification and receive their SRM certification!


 Kenneth Cooper

School Safety

Engagement Coordinator for the Mechanicville Central School District.

Prior to his retirement, Cooper was responsible for implementing and maintaning one of the largest Sheriff's Office SRO units in the State.


Cooper is certified as an Active Shooter Instructor, and has has trained over 20,000 people in various topics.   Director Cooper is well versed in instruction  


His presentations and demonstrations have been highly requested not only within Saratoga County but throughout the state.


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Conference sponsors and exhibitors


* With Intrado

  • Registration and check in opens at the Hotel Sunday the 19th at 3:00pm
  • The conference registration fee payable to NYSSA is $300 for 4 days (Mon-Wed full days, Thu concluding at 12pm.). This fee includes all related conference expense: continental breakfast, lunch, coffee/snack breaks, presenter expense, meeting rooms, IT services, staffing fees and all service charges.
  • The networking dinner will be the night of Tuesday the 21st, and will be an extra $75.00 charge which can be purchased on the registration link below
  • Discounted hotel rates can be found HERE

For the hotel, please bring your completed tax-exempt form of payment such as a municipal credit card or municipal check or purchase order.  Your personal credit card may not be used as a valid method of payment with the municipality tax-exempt .

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