The Colorado Department of Public Safety mourns the loss of the victims that were killed in the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY, and elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. We pray for the recovery of all the victims. We also recognize the trauma this may cause many others as two more horrific shootings impact our entire nation. The Colorado School Resource Center (CSSRC) has gathered these resources for parents and school staff. We urge you to protect children from too much exposure to the news. Please also take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
(April 15, 2022) - After convening experts from across the state who have dealt with unimaginable crises in educational settings, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) recently released new Crisis Guidelines to help K-12 schools and institutions of higher education prepare for and respond to large-scale emergencies.
(March 9, 2022) -- The Polis administration, through the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) and the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), is launching an effort to collect surplus body armor and ballistic helmets to be sent to assist the Ukrainian people. DMVA and CDPS are asking Colorado law enforcement agencies to help by donating excess equipment that could help save lives as Ukrainians battle for the survival of their sovereign nation.
The state of Colorado and will work with partners to quickly deliver the materials overseas.
Colorado School Safety Resource Center Offers Tips to Parents on How to Support Children During Global Unrest
(Lakewood, Colo.) – As the world experiences the trauma of warfare during the invasion of Ukraine, many parents are wondering how to address the conflict in a way that is healthiest for their children. The Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) has posted a letter to parents outlining top advice during these uncertain times:
It’s important to be developmentally appropriate – you wouldn’t explain things to a five-year old in the same way you would with a high school student.
For younger children:
Colorado’s Constitution and statutes clearly define certain rights for victims of crimes. The Victim Rights Act (VRA), in particular, ensures that crime victims are treated with fairness, respect, dignity and that they are free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse. The VRA also helps to ensure that victims are informed of critical stages of the criminal justice process and that they may be present for, and heard, at certain stages as well.