Jason Stoddard is the Director of School Safety and Security for the Charles County Public Schools (MD). He is responsible for sustaining a safe learning and work environment for over 27,000 student and nearly 4,000 staff members. Since coming to the public schools in July of 2018, he has created the Office of School Safety and Security, been awarded over 1.6 million dollars in grant money, implemented major evolutions such as revolving backgrounds for all employees, options based active shooter response, the “I love u guys” Foundation Standard Response Protocols, a state of art radio communication system, and implemented a model family reunification process. Prior to joining the school’s, he retired as a Lieutenant with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Southern Maryland. Originally from a small town in Iowa, Mr. Stoddard came to the Washington DC area while serving as a Security Police Officer in the United States Air Force. After completing his service obligation, he embarked on a career in civilian law enforcement. During his twentyplus years with the Sheriff’s Office, he has served as a patrol officer, community policing officer, school resource officer, counter-terrorism officer, and crime prevention officer. His executive command assignments include tours within the Patrol Division, and the Special Operations Section (which included overseeing the SWAT team, K-9, Marine, Traffic, Civil Disturbance, and Automated Enforcement Units). His final assignment was as the Commanderthe Homeland Security and Intelligence Section where he created and builta real time crime center, the first in Southern Maryland. Mr. Stoddardserves as the Chief of the Charles County All Hazard Incident Management Team, and a board member for the Charles County Black Officer’s Association. He has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is halfway through a second Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. Mr. Stoddard also serves as an adjunct professor at three colleges (University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, University College, and the College of Southern Maryland), teaches executive level leadership for the Maryland Police Training Commission, has authored several articles for magazines on topics ranging from school safety to organizational leadership, serves as a consultant for the Department of Justice and National Institutes of Justice, and has often traveled the country teaching active assailant response, and 21st century criminal justice leadership.
TBC Wed, Nov 20, 2019 TBC
Building partnerships with public safety to enhance school safety and reduce gang activitySustaining safe learning and working environments in the 21st century requires partnerships and collaboration. Charles County, Maryland has taken a unique approach to bring all public safety partners together prior to a crisis. In addition, they have built a rare partnership with law enforcement in order to reduce gang proliferation both in schools and the community.
Learning Objectives and Participant OutcomesStudents will understand the efforts need to build collaborative partnerships with a broad spectrum of public safety partners and NGO's .
- Students will identify an encompassing list of partners that need to be consulted prior to a school crisis
- Students will understand how to build successful, long lasting relationships with public safety partners
- Students will identify successful strategies for building gang intelligence and information sharing that prevents gang proliferation
- Attendees will understand the importance of broad spectrum partnerships
- Attendees will see the dangers in silos and limited partnerships
- Attendees will be challenged to return to their systems and be proactive in building relationships and preventive strategies with all partners
The Charles County Way: Charles County Public Schools All Hazard approach to safetye will discuss how the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is building a comprehensive, balanced, and scalable security strategy for its 39 schools, 3,700 staff members, and over 27,000 students for a continuum of threats. Through tireless efforts to build a coalition, strengthen partnership, and embracing of innovative strategies, CCPS believes it unique approach to school safety.
Learning Objectives and Participant OutcomesTo share ideas and have an open discussion of how we can improve our learning environments.
- Introduce attendees to what an all hazard, comprehensive school security strategy looks like
- Challenge the attendees limitations of what an all hazard approach to school safety looks like
- Explain different strategies employed by CCPS to keep is staff and students staff
- Attendees will return to their systems with idea on how to better secure their learning environments
- Attendees will understand how deep security layers need to be to meet the complex continum of threats schools face
- Attendees will be introduced to free and low cost solutions that will help expand their security footprint