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Three Day School Safety Conference for Teachers, Officers, and First Responders Begins Tuesday at UGA’s Tifton Campus

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

MACON – A three-day conference instructing educators, law enforcement officers, and first responders on the latest threats facing our schools, and how best to respond, will begin on Tuesday, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District, in a joint announcement made today with Homer Bryson, the Director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Richard Woods, the State School Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education. The conference will be held on June 25-27, 2019 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

More than 500 educators, school resource officers, state and local law enforcement officers, and emergency responders are expected to receive 16 hours of training during the three-day conference.  The instructors are front-line experts in their field, and will deliver rich commentary on topics including Active Shooter Response, School Bus Safety, Opioid Awareness, and Cyber-Bullying/Sexting.  This is the tenth year of the “Safety in Our Schools” conference.

“It is more important than ever that our teachers and first responders are prepared to act quickly and decisively when there is a threat to the safety of students and staff,” said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney. “This training allows them to learn from experts and each other about techniques and strategies that reduce the likelihood of school tragedies and increase the effectiveness of those who respond to emergencies at our schools.  We want our schools to be the safest place possible for children to learn and grow, and this important training helps facilitate that goal.”

Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.




Pamela Lightsey: (478) 621-2603 &
Melissa Hodges: (478) 765-2362

Updated June 25, 2019

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