Susan Payne, the Founder and Former Executive Director of the Safe2Tell non-profit prevention initiative developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy in Colorado. Susan, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, served in this role as a Detective from Colorado Springs Police Department; the first Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and she served as the Director of Safe Schools at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office directing the Safe2Tell Colorado prevention initiative. Susan Payne, has assisted many states in establishing best practice intelligence gathering and information sharing initiatives to focus on prevention and early intervention. Ms. Payne currently is an adviser and speaker for Safe and Sound Schools, she trains on digital threat assessment for Safer Schools Together, and serves on the National School Safety Consortium. The U.S. Department of Justice, The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education have recognized Susan as a subject matter expert in school safety, response, recovery and prevention strategies, and she is often sought out by media, schools, and law enforcement for her expertise. Ms. Payne has been invited to speak at the White House on several occasions, but specifically after Columbine, Sandy Hook and most recently after the tragedy in Parkland. Most recently, Ms. Payne was requested to speak to the Federal School Safety Commission at the White House and to Keynote at the Department of Homeland Security School Safety Round Tables in Washington D. C.
20 years after Columbine: To Protect and Educate
Having served for 20 years with the Colorado Department of Public Safety and Attorney General’s Office following the tragedy at Columbine and founding the nationally recognized Safe2Tell anonymous reporting system, Susan Payne shares a unique perspective on the history and future of school safety. Based on her professional experience and the Federal Commission on School Safety’s recent final report, Susan charts a roadmap for school safety improvement based on lessons learned, best practices in the field and across the country to protect and educate students in today’s world.
2.5 – 3 hours + Q & A
Ideal audience is key stakeholders in school safety and prevention, school staff, law enforcement, crisis response teams and emergency managers, parents and community partners.
Tech Needs: Screen, projector, sound and microphone
You Received an Anonymous Tip! Now What?
How do we strengthen relationships within our school buildings and foster a culture of reporting within our student population and school community? Susan Payne, national school safety expert and founder of Safe2Tell shares critical lessons learned from building and operating the first successful statewide anonymous reporting tool for students in the United States. She provides a best practice framework for intelligence gathering, information sharing, and protected methods of student reporting (e.g. tip-lines). She shares strategies of implementation through partnerships and collaboration, and teaches effective strategies for violence prevention and intervention in order to reduce liability and above all things, protect students.
1.5 - 3 hours + Q&A
Ideal audience is school multi-discipline team members including administrators, counselors, social workers, school nurses, crisis team members, school resource officers, juvenile detectives, and prosecutors.
Tech Needs: Screen, projector, sound, and microphone
Article: 'See something, say something' still good advice when it comes to mental health concerns
The Gazette Colorado Springs
Article: School Safety: Research on Gathering Tips and Addressing Threats
National Institute of Justice
Video: Working for a safer Colorado
Article: Where can Coloradans report safety concerns about someone before a tragedy happens?
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