National Sheriffs' Association & Saint Leo University Announce National School Safety Recognition Initiative

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Schools are recognized for implementing safety enhancements

Alexandria, VA - The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and Saint Leo University Center for Alternative Pathway Programs (CAPP) have partnered on the NSA School Safety Recognition Initiative (SSRI). The national initiative will recognize schools that have implemented recommended practices to secure schools and keep students, faculty, and staff safe.

SSRI is a voluntary self-assessment process designed for schools to gain a letter of recognition from national law enforcement school safety stakeholders for their efforts in implementing and maintaining school safety, security, and emergency preparedness. 


  • To strengthen relationships between law enforcement school safety stakeholders, federal partners, and school leadership.
  • To engage collaborative agencies in sustainment and improvement of effective school safety preparedness.
  • To promote recommended proactive measures and support community agency interoperability.
  • To incentivize school leadership to re-engage school safety as a priority.


  • An online application consisting of a brief set of self-assessment categories is available to any school organization in the United States. Once submitted, the information is reviewed and evaluated by St. Leo University -CAPP, and selected school organizations receive a “Letter of Recognition.”

There are six categories of assessment:

Category 1. School Safety Community Stakeholders

Category 2. Risk Assessment

Category 3. Behavioral Assessment/Emotional Security Measures

Category 4. Physical Security

Category 5. Policy and Procedures

Category 6. Emergency Preparedness

Please click here for the link to the application: SSRI Application

About The National Sheriffs’ Association:

The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest non-profit associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of more than 13,000 individuals. NSA is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its eighty-one-year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies.

Members of the National Law Enforcement School Recognition Initiative Advisory Board include the National Sheriffs’ Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Engaging school officials working with local and/or state law enforcement, fire service, emergency management, mental health, court, probation, and public health officials, the SSRI is intended to enhance community interoperability and provide presentable evidence that school leadership has carefully re-evaluated prevention and preparedness approaches.

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