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School Safety Summit

School Safety Summit

October 21 & 22, 2020 | Anacortes, NWESD

“In an emergency, you will not rise to the occasion. You will sink to your level of training.”

The NWESD is hosting our annual School Safety Summit, on October 21 & 22, 2020, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

This year’s School Safety Summit will provide impactful content related to Active Shooters and Violence Prevention, Issues of Student Discipline and related policies, Comprehensive School Safety Planning, Reunification, Student Threat Assessment, Student Vaping, Gang Activity on School Campuses and Trafficking, Cyberbullying, and much more. With an impressive line-up of key-note speakers and breakout presenters, attendees will be able to pick and choose from a variety of relevant breakout sessions. A full listing of sessions still TBD.

Keynote Speakers

Day 1: Former FBI Special Agent Andre Simons,
speaking on “Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters”

Andre Simons is a Director within Control Risks’ Crisis and Security Consulting Practice for North America, based in Washington, DC. Andre focuses on issues of active shooters and workplace violence prevention within corporate and educational communities, specializing in providing assessments and management strategies to clients navigating the spectrum of potentially violent threat actors. 

Andre collaborates with key stakeholders—including executive management, security, legal, and human resources—to develop creative strategies to protect organizations and schools. Andre recently retired from the FBI after nearly 23 years of service as a special agent and manager. He spent over 12 years in the FBI’s behavioral threat assessment program within the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in Quantico, VA. As a Certified Threat Manager™ Andre is recognized across the public and private sector as a leading subject matter expert in mass casualty prevention and response as well as communicated threat analysis.

Day 2: White Hatter – Darren Laur presenting
“What are Students and Teachers Doing Online” & ” Cyberbullying and Sexting”

Darren has dedicated his life to public safety, has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, and is a recently retired and highly respected Staff Sergeant with the Victoria City Police Department in British Columbia Canada. Darren holds 6 separate certifications in Open Source Intelligence collection and online investigational techniques and is one of only a few civilian provincially licensed and certified advanced online open-source intelligence and social media investigators in British Columbia. Darren is also an internationaly court recognized safety and violence prevention expert, award-winning published author, who has also written over 120 articles on social media safety and is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker, who specializes in the area of personal safety and self-protection both online and offline. Darren helped to launch a very successful use of a Social Media initiative for the purpose of crowdsourcing event safety, and police call response for the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Canada Day celebrations in Victoria British Columbia; the first use of its kind in North American policing. Darren is a trusted and respected online safety and security resource to students, parents, businesses, government, schools, school districts and Law Enforcement throughout North America.

Event Notes

Clock Hours will be available. Lunch is included in the registration fee


Mia Troy | mtroy@nwesd.org | 360-299-4016
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