High in plain sight: Expanded school safety conference session to examine teen substance abuse

Published Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jay Farlow

April 26, 2018 – HOOVER, Ala. – School resource officers (SROs) and others will learn ways students are hiding and using alcohol and drugs on campuses during the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) school safety conference in Reno, Nevada. “High in Plain Sight: You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know” is one of several expanded break-out sessions NASRO plans.

Officer Jermaine Galloway, a national expert in alcohol and drug trends, will present the session. Galloway has more than 20 years of experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement and prevention. His session will cover a wide range of substance abuse topics, including commonly used alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers. This session provides more than 70 visual aids that attendees may hold and become familiar with.

It’s one of several expanded, “mega-sessions” NASRO plans during its June conference, each of which will run longer and take place in larger rooms than traditional break-out sessions.

Other expanded sessions NASRO plans during the conference include:

  • School Safety: Major Legislation and Top Cases. Pepperdine University law professor Bernie James, who specializes in education law, will discuss important 2017 and 2018 legislation, as well as top court cases on school safety reform.
  • Kids First: Developmentally Appropriate Safety Education and Training. Safe and Sound Schools executive director Michele Gay will address one of the most pressing and timely concerns school communities face today: developing and delivering safety curricula and training with respect to the unique needs of students and staff of all ages, abilities and educational levels. Gay’s daughter died in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
  • Understanding and Advocating the Standard Reunification Method. I Love U Guys Foundation executive director John-Michael Keyes will discuss solid, proven methods to plan, practice and achieve a successful reunification of students with families following violence in schools. Keyes’ daughter died in a 2006 shooting at Colorado’s Platte Canyon High School.

“These are some of the most in-demand topics and speakers,” explained NASRO executive director Mo Canady. “We’re glad to be able to give these presenters more time to cover their material and space to allow more people to hear their important presentations.”

NASRO’s 28th annual global conference takes place June 24-29 at the Peppermill Resort, Reno. The conference provides education and networking opportunities to SROs and other law enforcement officers, as well as school security and safety officials, school board members, administrators and anyone interested in school safety.

Last year, more than 900 people attended the annual NASRO school safety conference. It offers attendees an opportunity to complete on-site NASRO training courses at no additional charge; receive in-service training; visit an exhibit hall with the latest in products, technologies and innovations; and interact with SROs, school administrators, sheriffs and chiefs of police from throughout the country and world. Available training includes NASRO’s Basic SRO Course, ideal for law enforcement officers who are newly assigned to work in schools.

More information about the conference, including a complete agenda and online registration, is available at www.nasro.org/conference/.


NASRO is a nonprofit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO’s national offices are located in Hoover, Alabama. The organization was established in 1991. For more information, visit www.nasro.org.

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