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Livingston Cty, NY: District in partnership with sheriff; plans to include mental health services

July 14, 2018, Geneseo, NY, Livingston County News: Law enforcement, schools partner on violence-prevention initiative Livingston County school district superintendents, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies are partnering in the PREVENT initiative to develop prevention and response strategies to school violence. PREVENT is an acronym for “Partners Responding to End Violence in Education Now and Tomorrow.” The partnership strengthens an enduring bond among law enforcement and school district leaders as the work to identify and mitigate potential threats to school communities, said Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty. As the initiative develops, the objective is to include members from Livingston County Mental Health Services and Livingston County Emergency Management, along with local fire departments and EMS servvices. The goals of PREVENT are to: ■ Develop, share and implement effective violence prevention strategies in schools. Select and deploy the most effective and easy to use response and prevention technologies available List uniform reintroduction criteria for students who are removed from the educational setting for making threats of violence, exhibiting relational aggression, harassing others and/or committing acts of violence.

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