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The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions, you will find reviews of specific programs that focus on a variety of justice topics, including those involving safety in schools. For additional information, see the video: Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.

Publications & Multimedia

Indicators of School Crime and Safety
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual Report

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bi-Annual

Sharing Ideas & Resources to Keep Our Nation's Schools Safe! (Volume VII)
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2019

Making Schools Safe for Students
National Institute of Justice, June 2019

Promoting School Safety: A Comprehensive Emotional and Behavioral Health Model
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2019

Protect Your School with JTIC's Security and Safety Assessment Tool
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2019

Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety
Federal Commission on School Safety, December 2018

The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Awards Made in Fiscal Year 2017
National Institute of Justice, February 2018

School Tip Line Toolkit - A Blueprint for Implementation and Sustainability
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2018

Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth With Behavioral Health Needs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, October 2017

School Safety Policies and Programs Administered by the U.S. Federal Government: 1990–2016
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2017

States' Roles in Keeping Schools Safe: Opportunities and Challenges for State School Safety Centers and Other Actors
National Institute of Justice, July 2017

Summary of School Safety Statistics
National Institute of Justice, July 2017

Development of a Standard Model for School Climate and Safety Assessment
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, 2017

School Resource Officers, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Role of Context
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2016

Comprehensive Report on School Safety Technology
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2016

Role of Technology in Improving K-12 School Safety
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2016

Making U.S. Schools Safer Through Scientific Research
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2015

The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies From the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, July 2014

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Report
National Institute of Justice, May 2014

Using School COP: A Guide for School Administrators and Safety Personnel
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, August 2013

TechBeat Special Issue on School Safety
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2013

Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2009–10
National Center for Education Statistics, May 2011

Assigning Police Officers to Schools
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, April 2010

Related Resources

Federal Commission on School Safety
Led by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the Federal Commission on School Safety is charged with providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program
Administered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and it is intended to be an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, NCSSLE provides training and technical assistance, products and tools, and latest research findings to create positive learning environments in schools so that all students have the opportunity to realize academic success in safe and supportive environments.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ): School Crime and Safety
This section of the NIJ site provides access to NIJ research and resources related to school safety.

National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships (NRC-SJP)
With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges created the NRC-SJP to serve as a one-stop-shop for jurisdictions seeking training and technical assistance to support implementation and sustainability of multidisciplinary initiatives to achieve positive school discipline reforms and reduce the school to juvenile justice pathway.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

SchoolSafe App
Developed by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center and available to vetted criminal justice professionals and school administrators, the SchoolSafe app provides for a means to conduct a physical assessment of a school campus (inside and out) to address potential trouble spots.

Funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, this site serves as a clearinghouse of information and contacts for law enforcement and other public safety officials to prepare, respond and recover as they work to keep schools as safe as possible.

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS)
OSHS provides financial assistance for drug and violence prevention activities, focuses on efforts designed to promote the health and well-being of students, develops policies related to violence and drug prevention in schools, and participates with other agencies on efforts related to violence/drug prevention and school preparedness.

U.S. Department of Education: School Climate and Discipline
This page provides access to Department of Justice and Department of Education resources and guidance materials related to assist public elementary and secondary schools in meeting their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discrimination.

U.S. Department of Education: Working to Keep Schools and Communities Safe
This site provides information about efforts aimed at ensuring that schools remain sanctuaries for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence.